Fernando Alonso To Quit F1
Two time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso is reportedly leaving the F1 circuit for good at the end of the current season. Media speculations have also revealed that the racing star could be considering a move to IndyCar in the US.
The news of Alonso’s leaving was confirmed by McLaren Racing early this week, who reiterated that the Spanish native will not be returning to F1 in 2019 for an 18th consecutive season. Furthermore, Alonso himself has noted that the F1’s management group has attempted to convince him to stay with the iconic series. However, the racer has remained staunch, noting that he made his decision months ago and that it is still a solid one.
Alonso Could Join US’s IndyCar
There have been widespread rumours abound that McLaren is planning to enter IndyCar with Alonso as one of its strongest drivers. The iconic Spaniard ran the Indianapolis 500 last year and was set to win the race until his engine gave out in an unfortunate turn of events. He also ran the Daytona Rolex 24 running up to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, in which he also appeared in the winning team.
Alonso has been appearing in leading motor sports events for years, and has noted conclusively that he would love to return to Indianapolis and put yet another win under his belt. In a statement, he has urged his fans to wait and see what the future brings, hinting that exciting new challenges are on the horizon for him.
To date, Alonso boasts 32 F1 career wins, 97 podiums, and 22 poles. He has also bagged two world titles, and has been named runner-up no less than three times. He is currently in his fifth season of driving for McLaren, and had previously hinted on social media that he had a big announcement coming in the near future. As it turns out, this was his farewell video to Formula One.
McLaren CEO Voices His Support
McLaren CEO Zak Brown has haled Alonso as one of the best drivers of his generation, and in a recent statement, has revealed that his organisation respects the racer’s decision. He has urged others to do the same, and also stated that Alonso has continued to perform at an excellent level throughout his career. According to Brown, he is confident that the driver will continue this streak throughout the remaining nine races of 2018’s championship.
Brown was a key proponent in Alonso’s entry into Le Mans, Daytona, and Indianapolis, and has always supported the racer’s mission to enter into other Formulas. He may also be behind Alonso’s potential IndyCar entry, and has reportedly tried to persuade four-time IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon to be his teammate. On Monday, Dixon revealed a contract extension to remain with Chip Ganassi Racing, but did also acknowledge McLaren’s presence in his free agency talks.