Alonso returns to visiting Formula 1 and to shake hands

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Visiting, as McLaren's ambassador, to be present at dinners with sponsors and, basically, shake hands with a few personalities of those who go through the ‘hospitality’, which are many this weekend. This is how Fernando Alonso has arrived in Abu Dhabi, last great prize of the season and where a year ago said goodbye to Formula 1. The Spaniard flew Wednesday directly from Madrid, where he attended the two-way tie against PSG, and goes to the track from Friday to Sunday. Next week he will leave for Paris, where he has to receive the Resistance World Champion Trophy (2018-19) in the Hall of Fame and the FIA ​​gala. It will be his fourth world title added to the two of F1 (2005 and 2006) and the one of karting (1999).

A good weekend arrives for McLaren, two weeks after his first podium in six years (he already visited the factory with Fittipaldi immediately after the Brazilian GP). It is also a great prize for Woking shareholders, as Bahrain, the country that owns the majority of shares, is less than an hour's flight from Abu Dhabi and the staff is present at the ‘motorhome’. He also showed himself on the wall in the second free practice, as he did in his previous two visits this season, Bahrain (there he got into the car in the tests) and Monza.

He had occasion to chat about the desert with Carlos Sainz or say hello to Edo, your physiotherapist who is also from Kubica. Visit old friends, talk to the press and take the pulse of the championship in which he has spent his life for the past two decades. Although there is a lot of life outside of F1, and also many challenges. It has been a profitable year, remember, with the WEC title and the victories at Daytona, Sebring, Spa and Le Mans, plus the unfinished attempt of Indianapolis. And there is also a Dakar on the horizon, every day closer. Although with the constant runrún that accompanies him at every step, and with the relevance of all his statements, it sometimes seems that he has never left Formula 1.

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