Current McLaren driver Fernando Alonso will end his career in Formula 1 after the current season, the double world champion confirmed Tuesday.
“After 17 wonderful years in this amazing sport, it’s time for me to make a change and move on,” he said.
The Spaniard also thanked his loyal fans and hinted that he might end up in a new endeavour in the not too distant future.
“Let’s see what the future brings; new exciting challenges are around the corner,” he said. “I’m having one of the happiest times ever in my life but I need to go on exploring new adventures.”
One possibility is IndyCar. Alonso has often talked about winning motorsport’s “Triple Crown,” a reference to the prestigious Monaco Grand Prix, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the Indianapolis 500. With his win at Le Mans with Toyota in June, only the Indy 500 title is still missing.
Despite suffering from a string of uncompetitive cars since returning to McLaren in 2015, Alonso remains one of the most successful drivers on the grid. The 37-year-old has amassed 32 wins, 22 pole positions and 97 podiums to date. Beyond his two titles, which were won with Renault in 2005 and 2006, he has been championship runner-up three times. The most painful was in 2012 when he finished just three points behind Sebastian Vettel in a season where he retired twice due to accidents caused by other drivers.
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