Just a short while ago, everyone’s favorite Spaniard and two-time Formula One World Champion Fernando Alonso announced that he will be retiring from F1 at the end of this season.
He announced the retirement on twitter and McLaren confirmed it on their website as well. You can see the tweet below.
Dear F1 ….. pic.twitter.com/G9ZzdMwgMn
— Fernando Alonso (@alo_oficial) August 14, 2018
While this is definitely big news, it isn’t totally shocking as those who have been following his career saw this coming.
Talks of Fernando leaving F1 began way back when McLaren first started their partnership with Honda engines and had objectively disastrous results.
Fernando didn’t keep his dissatisfaction with the Honda-powered McLaren’s a secret either.
Eventually McLaren parted ways with Honda and began a new engine partnership with Renault, which coincidentally is where Fernando won his first world title.
However, by then I think it may have been too late. Fernando hadn’t been a serious contender for quite a while and he was already experimenting in other motorsports.
We all remember when he skipped the glamorous Monaco GP to run in the 2017 Indy 500. Ironically, his 500 run ended similarly to several of his F1 races with his Honda-powered Indy Car suffering a mechanical failure.
He’s also raced in the WEC where he won the 24 Hours Of LeMans with Toyota.
Despite his announced retirement Fernando Alonso is only 37 and still has plenty of years of racing in him; So now the question becomes, where will he go?
Right now most are speculating that Fernando will make the move to Indy Car to try and chase the legendary “Triple Crown”.
If you’re wondering, the “Triple Crown” is when a racer wins the Monaco GP, the 24 Hours Of LeMans, and the Indy 500.
To date, only one driver as ever completed the Triple Crown and that was Graham Hill who won the Indy 500 in 1966, Le Mans in 1972, and won the Monaco GP 5 times between 1963 and 1969.
Juan Montoya and Fernando Alonso are currently the only active drivers to complete two of the three crowns.
With that in mind, it wouldn’t be surprising if Fernando decided to make the jump to Indy Car.
To their marketing credit, Indy Car is doing their part to fuel that speculation via twitter as seen below.
— IndyCar Series (@IndyCar) August 13, 2018
I’m going to do some speculation myself and say that it is likely an announcement of Fernando’s next move will come before the week is over, heck maybe even before the day is over.
In the meantime, what do you think about Fernando Alonso’s departure from F1? Were you surprised by it? Do you think its the right move? Where do you think he’ll end up?
Let us know your thoughts, theories, and speculations in the comments below or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.