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Alonso thanks Renault staff at French factory 01 Nov 2006

World Champion Fernando Alonso (ESP) Renault celebrates with the team.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 18, Brazilian Grand Prix, Race, Interlagos, Brazil, 22 October 2006

Newly-crowned world champion, Fernando Alonso, headed to France on Monday to pay tribute to the hard work of the 250 staff based at Renault’s factory in Viry-Chatillon.

Less than a week after celebrating with their English counterparts at Renault’s UK base in Enstone - and just a day after being feted in his hometown of Oviedo - Alonso was in good spirits.

“Thanks to you, I have had an amazing engine,” said the Spaniard, in near-perfect French. “The V10 last year and the V8 this year were fantastic. I had a super engine, a great car, and I just tried to drive to the maximum. But we won these titles first of all at Viry and Enstone, thanks to your hard work. So thank you all!”

After a final team photograph, Alonso bid farewell to the French factory for the last time. His hectic celebratory tour now over, he will enjoy a break ahead of his move to McLaren for 2007.