FERNANDO ALONSO has introduced that he’ll retire from F1 on the finish of the season.
After 17 wonderful years within the sport the Spaniard has determined to name it a day.
Who’s Fernando Alonso?
Fernando Alonso was born in Oviedo, Asturias, Spain on July 29, 1981.
After a interval as Benetton take a look at driver, he made his F1 race debut with Minardi in 2001, changing into the third-youngest ever driver.
In 2003, he joined Renault, successful his first world championship in 2005 and ending 5 straight years of dominance from Michael Schumacher.
One other world championship was to observe in 2006.
Alonso then moved to McLaren in 2007, the place he would endure a bad-tempered rivalry with Lewis Hamilton.
Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari went on to beat the Spaniard to the title by one level that yr.
Alonso then changed Raikkonen at Ferrari in 2009 and spent 5 years there earlier than returning to McLaren in 2015.
In 2015, Alonso opened his personal museum in Oviedo, with a circuit named ‘Museo y Circuito Fernando Alonso’, devoted to his racing profession.
Regardless of failing to construct on his 2005 and 2006 successes, Alonso remained an enormous hit with followers all through his profession as a consequence of his aggressive and thrilling racing type.
What has Fernando Alonso gained?
In addition to the 2005 and 2006 F1 world championship, Alonso gained 24 Hours of Le Mans 2018 on his debut within the Toyota group, alongside Kazuki Nakajima and Sebastien Buemi.
The Spaniard now solely requires the Indy 500 to finish motorsport’s Triple Crown, which has solely beforehand been gained by Graham Hill.
Alonso tried to win the race at Indianapolis in 2017 however crashed out late on regardless of a powerful drive.
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Why has Fernando Alonso retired from F1?
Alonso’s retirement means he is expected to fully focus on winning the Indy 500, and thereby completing the Triple Crown.
The Spaniard made a statement saying: “After 17 wonderful years in this amazing sport, it’s time for me to make a change and move on.
“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.”