BREAKING NEWS COVID-19 cluster found at local Five Guys Full Story

Fernando Alonso's last Japanese Grand Prix

Two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso is driving in his last year of F1, so this Japanese Grand Prix is one of the most special.

Posted: Oct 13, 2018 8:30 PM
Updated: Oct 13, 2018 8:44 PM

Now that his Formula One career is coming to an end, Fernando Alonso admits he's starting to get a little sentimental.

The 37-year-old Spaniard announced in August he was leaving F1 after 17 years in the sport.

And with the clock ticking to the season's last race in Abu Dhabi on 25 November, Alonso is trying to savor every moment.

"I've found myself recording the parade laps in the last couple of races with my phone," the double world champion tells CNN Sport's Amanda Davies.

"I've never done that in my life, but now it's like I want to record everything."

"I want to have that last memory of each race."

Alonso won two world titles with Renault in 2005 and 2006 and has amassed 32 wins, 22 pole positions and 97 podiums so far in his illustrious career.

Letting go of the sport is proving difficult.

"From August, when I decided to announce the retirement, every single race has been a little more emotional than normal," he says.

"Every driver's parade, every fan session has been a little bit different ... it gets even more difficult."

READ: Carlos Sainz to replace Fernando Alonso at McLaren

Alonso made his F1 debut for Minardi in 2001 before joining Renault as a test driver in 2002.

The Spaniard's 2005 title ended Michael Schumacher's five-year reign and made him then the youngest world champion in F1 history at the age of 24 years and 59 days. He retained his title the following year.

Alonso endured a tumultuous and often acrimonious season alongside Lewis Hamilton at McLaren in 2007 before a brief return to Renault followed by a four-year stint with Ferrari from 2010. He joined McLaren in 2015.

READ: Monaco GP 'probably the most boring race ever' says Fernando Alonso

READ: Fernando Alonso fulfills Daytona 24 Hours ambition

Alonso's focus is now on capturing motor sport's fabled "Triple Crown" of victories at the Monaco Grand Prix, the 24 Hours of Le Mans race and the Indianapolis 500.

He's won in Monaco in both 2006 and 2007, while he was part of TOYOTA GAZOO Racing's victorious team at Le Mans earlier this year. An attempt to win the 2017 Indy 500 finished with just 21 of the 200 laps remaining.

"I achieved much more than what I dreamed of when I started," says Alonso. "I think it's the right time now because there are some other challenges out of Formula One that I'm very, very interested in now.

"My idea is to win all the iconic motor sport races in the world."

'Everything in life is a competition'

Indeed, winning is the thing Alonso loves more than anything.

"Winning is everything," he says.

"Not only (in) sport, but in life. In life, it's winning -- when I go to the supermarket and I go with a friend, I try to get through the door first.

"Things like that, everything in life is a competition for me."

Alonso won his last F1 grand prix in Spain while driving for Ferrari in 2013, but despite a lack of success with McLaren he says the team is on the right track.

"I still believe that McLaren is one of the best teams in history of the sport, and they will get better eventually in a couple of years time," he says.

He added: "I miss winning. I miss being on the podium."

READ: Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes turn 2018 F1 season into victory procession

READ: Formula One's 'halo' device proves worth at Belgian Grand Prix

For now, though, Alonso wants to concentrate on coming up with a new schedule and getting some rest.

"I want to live a normal life that I never had the opportunity to do for many years," he says.

Visit CNN.com/motorsport to read more news and features

"But, I am a guy that normally wants to program everything in advance, so I don't want to wait too long until I know the 2019 plans."

West Lafayette
Clear
82° wxIcon
Hi: 94° Lo: 71°
Feels Like: 87°
Kokomo
Few Clouds
82° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 70°
Feels Like: 87°
Rensselaer
Clear
88° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 90°
Fowler
Clear
88° wxIcon
Hi: 91° Lo: 70°
Feels Like: 90°
Williamsport
Clear
89° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 70°
Feels Like: 98°
Crawfordsville
Clear
84° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 71°
Feels Like: 88°
Frankfort
Broken Clouds
77° wxIcon
Hi: 92° Lo: 71°
Feels Like: 78°
Delphi
Clear
91° wxIcon
Hi: 94° Lo: 71°
Feels Like: 93°
Monticello
Clear
91° wxIcon
Hi: 95° Lo: 70°
Feels Like: 93°
Logansport
Broken Clouds
88° wxIcon
Hi: 92° Lo: 70°
Feels Like: 91°
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 48201

Reported Deaths: 2693
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion11624683
Lake5146242
Elkhart328546
Allen2762129
St. Joseph194366
Cass16389
Hamilton1552101
Hendricks1403100
Johnson1278118
Porter72837
Tippecanoe7158
Madison65864
Clark65144
Bartholomew58544
Howard57557
LaPorte57326
Kosciusko5464
Vanderburgh5226
Marshall4924
Noble47828
Jackson4703
LaGrange4708
Hancock44835
Boone44243
Delaware44250
Shelby42525
Floyd37944
Morgan32931
Grant29426
Monroe29428
Montgomery29420
Clinton2892
Dubois2736
Henry26315
White26310
Decatur25032
Lawrence24425
Dearborn23623
Vigo2348
Warrick21429
Harrison21322
Unassigned193193
Greene18832
Miami1822
Jennings17611
Putnam1698
DeKalb1624
Scott1607
Daviess14317
Wayne1386
Orange13623
Steuben1292
Perry1279
Franklin1248
Jasper1212
Ripley1167
Wabash1122
Carroll1102
Fayette997
Newton9810
Starke933
Whitley925
Huntington812
Gibson802
Randolph794
Jefferson722
Wells721
Fulton701
Jay680
Washington671
Knox640
Pulaski641
Clay604
Rush583
Adams501
Benton480
Owen471
Sullivan441
Brown391
Posey390
Spencer381
Blackford372
Crawford320
Tipton321
Fountain312
Switzerland270
Parke230
Martin220
Ohio170
Vermillion140
Warren141
Union130
Pike110

COVID-19 Important links and resources

As the spread of COVID-19, or as it's more commonly known as the coronavirus continues, this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe. CLICK HERE

Closings related to the prevention of the COVID-19 can be found on our Closings page.

Community Events