GP Abu Dhabi F1 2018 Gave his last press conference
In his last press conference as a Formula One driver, Fernando Alonso has revealed that Michael Schumacher was the toughest opponent throughout his career.
After Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the Spaniard will draw the curtain on his 17-year long career.
“If I had to choose [the toughest opponent] Michael [Schumacher], because when I arrived he was dominating the sport,” he said.
“I saw him always winning and suddenly I was fighting wheel to wheel with him and it was very exciting.
“Now we are more prepared, as there are programmes, simulators and we are a more talented generation, but it was a great trip and I would choose him for emotional reasons, not technical ones.”
Alonso went on to discuss which memories will stay with him after his retirement.
“The best thing that I take away from F1 is the people with whom I have worked, with whom I have shared half of my life in 17 years,” he continued.
“Many engineers, designers, mechanics, journalists, with whom I shared days and hours.
“That’s what I will always remember about F1.
“The discipline and the preparation in every area of the team, is something that you see in other categories but not at a level as high and perfect as in F1.”
Finally, his discussed the chances of returning to F1 and what he will miss most from the sport.
“The door to a return is not closed, because I don’t know how I will be next year,” he added.
“It will depend on how I feel in the middle of next year.
“Driving cars is what I miss the most, as whether you’re fighting for victory, the podium or 14th place, it’s very special to drive.
“On the other hand, you have no friends, no free time, women or children, as you need total dedication if you want to succeed.”