Fernando Alonso Calls Time On His Formula One Career

Ruben Hill
August 15, 2018

Alonso is known for getting behind the wheel in a variety of different events, and he's been very open about wanting to win the Triple Crown of Motorsport: The Indianapolis 500, the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France and the Monaco Grand Prix.

Alonso has in recent years branched out into other series and in June he won the Le Mans 24 Hours sportscar race at his first attempt.

In a statement released by McLaren, Alonso said: 'After 17 wonderful years in this unbelievable sport, it's time for me to make a change and move on.

"There are still several grands prix to go this season, and I will take part in them with more commitment and passion than ever", he added.

McLaren worked with Andretti Autosport to field a vehicle for Alonso for the 2017 Indy 500, where the Spaniard put himself in contention by leading for 27 laps before suffering an engine failure with 21 laps remaining. However, he hasn't ruled out returning to race for the team in the future.

He hasn't announced whether he will be competing in any other series next year, but he has been linked to a full-time IndyCar drive.

"I spent time with him as his teammate and know he's as hungry as ever to win".

"I want to thank everyone at McLaren", he said.

"I don't know where McLaren stands with it... a lot of speculation at the moment, but I think he would be a great addition to IndyCar and have a lot of fun here". We have played together, against incredible rivals.

However, Alonso left the door open to a return to F1 - strongly hinting that this could be a hiatus rather than a retirement. Nevertheless, I would like to sincerely thank Chase Carey and Liberty Media for the efforts made to change my mind and everyone who has contacted me during this time.

Daniel Ricciardo revealed earlier this month he would be leaving Red Bull at the end of the year to join Renault in a shock move. Sainz had been at Renault this year on loan from Red Bull having been unable to secure a step up to the senior team from Toro Rosso.

The McLaren driver will end a career that began with a debut for Minardi at the Australian Grand Prix of 2001.

The Spaniard has driven for many of F1's best teams, including Renault - twice - McLaren - including as McLaren-Mercedes - and Ferrari, winning the drivers' championship in 2005 and 2006.

He has also finished championship runner-up three times, and to date has achieved 32 wins, 22 pole positions and 97 podium finishes.

However he has grown increasingly unhappy with McLaren's recent lack of competitiveness in a struggling vehicle, and the 37-year-old says he will call it a day when the season ends in November.

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