Fernando Alonso has retired from Formula 1 and will quit McLaren at the end of the season.
Despite being considered to be one of the best drivers to ever grace an F1 cockpit, the 37-year-old has not won an F1 race in five years and the Drivers' World Championship in over a decade
The two-time world champion is set to make a full-time switch to the Indy Car series. "After 17 wonderful years in this amazing sport, it's time for me to make a change and move on," said Alonso.
By moving Stateside, Alonso will be able to pursue his ambition of completing motorsport's 'triple crown' having seemingly given up hope on landing a front-running driver in F1 again either with McLaren, with whom he has spent the last four years at the wrong end of the grid, or with the sport's current dominant forces - Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull. ————————————————————
"I made this decision some months ago and it was a firm one," confirmed Alonso.
McLaren boss Zak Brown added: "His 17 years in the sport, as arguably the pre-eminent driver of his generation and undoubtedly an F1 great, have added another layer to Formula 1's rich history. "There is a time for everyone to make a change and Fernando has decided the end of this season to be his. ————————————————————
We respect his decision, even if we believe he is in the finest form of his career. ————————————————————
Our open dialogue with Fernando has meant we could plan for this eventuality." McLaren have not yet said who will replace Alonso. ================================================================
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