The final FIA press conference in Abu Dhabi had plenty of drama and even humour. It was Fernando Alonso’s final press conference until he called time on his career and joining him was Lewis Hamilton, George Russell and Lando Norris. During the interviews, an interesting question was posed to Alonso. “Fernando, besides the triple crown, what could bring you back in Formula One – maybe becoming the father of a future world champion in F1, like Rosberg and Hill?”
Alonso replied, “I don’t know. I don’t know what the future will bring. Definitely now I’m concentrating on the personal challenges, the triple crown and some other races that I will add next year. For 2020 I don’t know exactly what I will do, or what will be the plan. Further away, it’s impossible to think – but yeah, who knows? Life is long and beautiful. I like Formula One. I will always love Formula One, so if I will be here in the future as a driver, as a father, as an FIA boss or whatever. I will think.”
Upon hearing that last part, Lewis Hamilton couldn’t help interjecting. He frantically exclaimed, “You’re not the FIA boss! At least when I retire.”
In reply, Alonso elected to get into the FIA role early and said, “Maximum penalties”. This evoked laughter between the two of them. Such was the camarderie that it was hard to imagine that they were bitter rivals in 2007.