It was a lovely end to his stint with the team despite missing out on that drivers’ title that he had targeted since his move from Red Bull. Images of him handing out beers to the mechanics in the paddock will be the last sight of Vettel in Ferrari colours.
The team presented him with a sizeable trophy to mark his successes with them, which he lifted alongside his team-mate, Charles Leclerc.
Although the Monégasque driver made his final seasons much tougher at Ferrari, Vettel presented Leclerc with his own gift, a signed crash helmet with a personalised message. Leclerc handed over his own tribute; his race helmet that was dedicated to the Aston Martin-bound Seb.
Return of the R25
Fernando Alonso wasn’t the only returning Renault icon in the Abu Dhabi paddock over the weekend. The French team wheeled out the 2005 championship-winning R25 for ‘demonstration’ runs throughout the three days, not that you’d know it from the two-time champion’s showing.
In a word? AWESOME 🤩
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Fitted with slick Pirelli rubber rather than the grooved Michelin tyres of old, Alonso hardly held back during his hot laps in his car, attacking each corner minus the trademark handfuls of steering lock that worked the car so well back in ’05.
It attracted the attention of almost everybody in the paddock, downing tools on whatever the task at hand was to go and see the action out on the track.