Two Time Formula One Champion Fernando Alonso announces his retirement
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News August 14, 2018 Updated: 9:59 AM PT
Formula One driver Fernando Alonso announced he will be leaving the sport at the end of the season.
In a statement released on McLaren’s website, Alonso reflects on his time in the sport as well as thanking his fans and those in the F1 community.
“After 17 wonderful years in this amazing sport, it’s time for me to make a change and move on,” the statement reads. “I have enjoyed every single minute of those incredible seasons and I cannot thank enough the people who have contributed to make them all so special.”
“There are still several grands 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.”
“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. I have built so many great relationships with many fantastic people at McLaren, and they have given me the opportunity to broaden my horizons and race in other categories. I feel I am a more complete driver now than ever.”
“I made this decision some months ago and it was a firm one. Nevertheless, I would like to sincerely thank Chase Carey and Liberty Media for the efforts made to change my mind and everyone who has contacted me during this time.”
“Finally, I would also like to thank my former teams, team-mates, competitors, colleagues, partners, journalists and everyone I have worked with in my F1 career. And, especially, my fans all over the world. I am quite sure our paths will cross again in the future.”
After winning two World Endurance Championship events earlier this year, it is uncertain if Alonso will be heading to Indycar to participate in the Indy 500 again to continue his quest for motorsports’ coveted triple crown.
Alonso, who has spent nearly two decades in the sport, made his Formula One debut at the 2001 Australian Grand Prix since then the Spanish driver has won two world titles and has over 300 Grand Prix under his belt with 97 podiums.
Along with a number of accolades, Alonso is also involved in many charities such as UNICEF where he acts as a Goodwill Ambassador.