McLaren-Renault racing driver Fernando Alonso announced that he would retire from F1 at the end of the season.
Widely regarded as one of the best drivers in the history of the sport, Alonso said he made the decision a few months ago. Nevertheless, the Spaniard also left the doors open when asked about his return to the track. He said: “I know McLaren will come back stronger and better in the future, and it could be the right moment for me to be back in the series; that would make me really happy.”
Fernando Alonso’s star-studded career includes 2 World Championships (2005, 2006), 32 race victories, 97 podium finishes, 22 pole positions, 23 fastest laps and 1893 career points. Following his retirement, Alonso aims to race in the Indianapolis 500.
The former Renault driver is aiming for Triple Crown of Motorsport (Winner of Monaco GP, 24 Hours of Le Mans and Indianapolis 500). He is a double Monaco GP winner, won the Le Mans 24 Hours on his debut with Toyota in June this year. Alonso is one of the only two active drivers to have completed two out of three race events.
With his retirement from the F1, the racer would be eyeing to be only the second racer in the history of Motorsports after Graham Hill to complete the Triple Crown.
The man’s retirement statement in his own words:
After 17 wonderful years in this amazing sport, it’s time for me to make a change and move on. There are still several Grand Prix races to go this season, and I will take part in them with more commitment and passion than ever.
The F1 world would be missing the legend’s presence on the tracks from next season. We wish you all the luck, Fernando!