The Spaniard had waved goodbye to his career as an official F1 driver at the on Sunday night, with one of his final major commitments for this year being a promotional day with seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson in Bahrain.

Alonso is scheduled to drive Johnson’s NASCAR car, while Johnson will get his first Formula 1 test in a 2013 -powered .

The plan had not originally included a run in the F1 car for Alonso, but following a last-minute request from the Spaniard, he asked to be able to conduct a quick run in the V8-engined car.

Alonso completed several laps to set a baseline for Johnson, with their official car swaps due to take place later.

Fernando Alonso, McLaren


Photo by: Jon Noble


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