Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso to quit Formula 1 in 2019
Fernando Alonso, the two-time Formula 1 champion and one of the most popular racers in the world, announced today that he will leave Formula 1 at the end of season 2018.
After seventeen seasons in world’s premier open-wheel racing championship, which he spent with Minardi, Renault, Ferrari and McLaren, the 37-year-old Spaniard will continue his career as Toyota Gazoo Racing’s driver in the 2018-2019 super season of the FIA World Endurance Championship.
“After seventeen wonderful years in this amazing sport it’s time for me to make a change and move on. I made this decision some months ago and it was a firm one. There are still several grand prix to go this season, and I will take part in them with more commitment and passion than ever. Let’s see what the future brings; new exciting challenges are around the corner. I’m having one of the happiest times ever in my life but I need to go on exploring new adventures,” Alonso said.
“I want to thank everyone at McLaren. My heart is with the team forever. I know they 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”, Alonso added.
Alonso still has a chance to win a ‘Triple Crown’ of motorsport, as the only man next to Graham Hill to do that. Alonso won F1 Monaco Grand Prix twice (in 2006 and 2007), this year he won 24 Hours of Le Mans and he’s only missing Indianapolis 500 triumph. In last year’s Indy 500 attempt he didn’t reach the finish line.