Fernando Alonso net worth revealed after driver announces F1 retirement

Aubrey Yates
August 15, 2018

"After 17 wonderful years in this incredible sport, it's time for me to make a change and move on", he said in a statement. I have enjoyed every single minute of those incredible seasons and I can not thank enough the people who have contributed to make them all so special.

"Let's see what the future brings".

In an emotional Twitter video, Alonso paid tribute to Formula One and recounted his career while also announcing that he'll be moving on to new challenges, saying: 'I wasn't sure if I wanted to get to know you.

So the news is out, Fernando Alonso will retire from Formula One at the end of the season.

Fellow Spaniard Carlos Sainz, who will lose his place on the Renault team to Daniel Ricciardo next season, is a strong contender to replace Alonso along with McLaren reserve driver Lando Norris. The two-time world champions will not race in 2019 according to McLaren.

After becoming one of his team's main drivers in 2003, Alonso won the 2005 Formula One World Drivers' Championship at age 24, becoming the youngest world champion ever.

Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors' picks. Alonso then made the switch to Ferrari two years later and stayed with the Italian marque for four years, before rejoining McLaren once again.

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Alonso gained worldwide attention when he opted to drive in the 2017 Indianapolis 500 instead of F1's Monaco Grand Prix on the same day.

McLaren and Andretti Autosport have been discussing a possible full-season arrangement for 2019 but have yet to make an announcement regarding that decision. "My heart is with the team forever".

But for many Formula 1 drivers, the image was a sad one of a driver who should have been near the front of the grid, but because of mechanical problems and an uncompetitive vehicle left him fighting at the back.

"Fernando is not only an outstanding ambassador for McLaren but also for Formula 1", Brown said. A two-time victor at Monaco and now a Le Mans victor, Alonso only needs to win the Indy 500 to complete motorsports unofficial "Triple Crown".

Taking two world titles, 32 victories, 22 pole positions and 97 podium appearances, many claim Alonso to be a legend of F1, despite what he could have achieved had he not caused a lot of controversy throughout his career.

"There is a time for everyone to make a change and Fernando has decided the end of this season to be his".

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