McLaren unveils special livery for Alonso's F1 farewell

Alonso announced earlier this year he will not race in F1 next year, and the Spaniard will race in a special colour scheme to mark the occasion of his final race with McLaren.

The colours of his helmet – blue, yellow and red – have been incorporated into the Woking-based team’s largely orange livery on the engine cover, along with a special ‘FA’ logo that can be seen in front of the cockpit and sidepods.

McLaren team boss Zak Brown commented: “We’re incredibly pleased and proud to be able to race a special one-off livery for Fernando in Abu Dhabi this weekend.

“We want his last grand prix to feel special in every way, and this was just one of the ways we could reflect that.

“We worked closely and collaboratively Fernando, and then with the FIA and Formula 1 to make the change for this one race, and they were all hugely supportive of the move.

“Hopefully, this will give Fernando’s fans a little something extra to look forward to at what is bound to be an especially emotional weekend.”

Alonso’s one-off livery will be the first McLaren has used since the 1986 Portuguese Grand Prix, when Keke Rosberg’s car was changed from the usual red-and-white Marlboro livery to a yellow-and-white scheme.

McLaren MCL33, Fernando Alonso

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