Fernando Alonso has announced his retirement from Formula One, effective from the end of the season.
Alonso, 37, a two-time F1 world champion, will race the remaining nine races of the season with McLaren before bringing the curtain down on a 17-year Formula One career.
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— Fernando Alonso (@alo_oficial) August 14, 2018
“After 17 wonderful years in this amazing sport, it’s time for me to make a change and move on,” said Alonso.
“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.”
The Spaniard is currently in his fifth season with McLaren and is expected to focus on attempting to complete the Triple Crown of Motorsport post Formula One.
The 37-year-old is one of 13 drivers to have won two of the three legs – the Monaco Grand Prix and 24 Hours of Le Mans, in his case – that complete motorsport’s unofficial pinnacle, and finished 29th at Indianapolis 500 2017.
Graham Hill is the only driver to have completed the feat.