Fernando Alonso quits F1 after 17-year career

Fernando Alonso quits F1 after 17-year career

The decision of Alonso, 37, to bring an end to his 17 years in the Formula One paddock paves the way for him to make a full-time switch to the IndyCar Series in America.

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".

"I made this decision some months ago and it was a firm one", said Alonso.

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

While he won't race in F1 next year, Alonso is unlikely to retire, saying that "new, exciting challenges are around the corner". The two-time world champions will not race in 2019 according to McLaren.

But Scheckter is not a fan of the current McLaren driver and has criticised the impact he has made at his previous teams.

Departing F1 leaves Alonso free to contest the IndyCar series in the United States; he competed at the Indianapolis 500 previous year in a bid to claim motorsport's triple crown of blue riband events, the others being the Monaco Grand Prix and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

His storied career has included 32 wins, 22 pole positions and 97 podiums so far, although he has not won a race since wining the 2013 Spanish Grand Prix with Ferrari.

Fernando Alonso to leave Formula 1 after 2018 season

This announcement means there is uncertainty regarding Alonso's 2019 schedule, though he is is still committed to the full 2018/19 WEC "Super Season" which runs until Le Mans next June.

"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".

McLaren has not been competitive the last two seasons and Alonso, now ninth in the standings, had been debating his future in the series. Every time I close my visor I feel your energy, your warm embrace.

"You were not expecting me and I wasn't sure I wanted to get to know you", he said in his tribute video. "Nevertheless, I would like to sincerely thank Chase Carey and Liberty Media for the efforts made to change my mind".

Fernando Alonso has retired from Formula 1.

Zak Brown, CEO of McLaren, called Alonso "the pre-eminent driver of his generation".

British IndyCar outfit Carlin, which joined the series this season, previously suggested McLaren had left an entry for next year too late.

Democrats' hopes to take House could stumble in Minnesota
Democrats need to pick up 23 seats in November to retake the House, but it'll be hard if they lose districts they now hold. Corry Bliss of the Conservative Leadership Fund says Minnesota is "Ground Zero" for control of the House.

Five Caspian Sea states sign landmark convention
This was opposed by Kazakhstan, in particular, as the Kazakh corner of the Caspian has some of the richest oil and gas fields. The dispute began with the fall of the Soviet Union which had had a clearly defined Caspian border with Iran.

Omarosa's Recording Is a 'Violation'
Omarosa Manigault Newman is releasing her book Unhinged: An Insider's Account of the Trump White House tomorrow. - Donald J. The issues were related to her use of government vehicles and "money issues and other things", Kelly can be heard saying.

Related Articles