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Post by Fernando on Tue Aug 14, 2018 12:34 pm

McLaren Racing today confirms that double F1 World Champion Fernando Alonso will not race in Formula 1 in 2019.

Fernando, who turned 37 in July, is competing in his 17th F1 season, his fifth with McLaren, and has amassed 32 wins, 22 pole positions and 97 podiums to date. Beyond his two titles – in 2005 he became the then-youngest world champion in F1 history – Fernando has been championship runner-up three times.

Zak Brown, Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Racing, commented:
“Fernando is not only an outstanding ambassador for McLaren but also for Formula 1. His 17 years in the sport, as arguably the pre-eminent driver of his generation and undoubtedly an F1 great, have added another layer to Formula 1’s rich history.

“There is a time for everyone to make a change and Fernando has decided the end of this season to be his. We respect his decision, even if we believe he is in the finest form of his career. Our open dialogue with Fernando has meant we could plan for this eventuality.

“While evaluating his future during the past months, Fernando’s competitiveness has been undimmed. He has continued to perform at the highest level throughout, as we know he will do in the remaining nine races of this year’s championship.

“I know that the entire team joins me in paying tribute to Fernando’s enormous contribution to McLaren; he is a legend both for the championship and for the team. Fernando is an important part of our story and will join an illustrious line of McLaren drivers. On behalf of Shaikh Mohammed, Mansour and our entire board, we wish Fernando every success in the future.”

Fernando Alonso commented:
“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.”

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Post by GSC on Tue Aug 14, 2018 5:07 pm

Had the talent to win more titles but was cursed with poor luck when choosing teams combined with burning a fair few bridges. Relentless in every sense
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Post by dummy_half on Wed Aug 15, 2018 8:14 am

GSC wrote:Had the talent to win more titles but was cursed with poor luck when choosing teams combined with burning a fair few bridges. Relentless in every sense

The BBC report said that he was 10 points away from winning 3 further titles - a bit of luck and being in the wrong car at the wrong time means he has the record of a very good driver rather than an all time great...

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Post by Nathaniel Jacobs on Wed Aug 15, 2018 4:50 pm

I don't agree with a drivers greatness is determined by the amount of championships they've won. Alonso might 'only have 2' but he's vastly superior to triple world champions Piquet and Stewart.

There are drivers whom are better than drivers with a better trophy haul. Alonso, mansell and fittipaldi spring to mind

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Post by dyrewolfe on Thu Aug 16, 2018 5:10 am

dummy_half wrote:
GSC wrote:Had the talent to win more titles but was cursed with poor luck when choosing teams combined with burning a fair few bridges. Relentless in every sense

The BBC report said that he was 10 points away from winning 3 further titles - a bit of luck and being in the wrong car at the wrong time means he has the record of a very good driver rather than an all time great...

Still he managed to be pretty sanguine about it, saying that in a way it was better for people to think he deserved more trophies, than to have a load more and people questioning whether he really earned them.

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I don't agree with a drivers greatness is determined by the amount of championships they've won. Alonso might 'only have 2' but he's vastly superior to triple world champions Piquet and Stewart.

There are drivers whom are better than drivers with a better trophy haul. Alonso, mansell and fittipaldi spring to mind

You could add Sir Stirling Moss to that list...considered one of the best drivers never to win a world title. BTW comparing him to Piquet and Stewart is ridiculous...different eras. Also reckon Alonso would have been proud to pull this off...



In case you're wondering, that was Ayrton Senna he overtook.

Anyway, back on topic, sad news but inevitable. I would've liked to see Nando hang on to see the new regulations come into effect, but at 37 he probably feels if he wants to complete the Triple Crown, he needs to start making progress in IndyCar.

F1 has lost one of its all-time greats (and I say that as someone who hated his guts while he was with Ferrari and his ill-fated first stint at McLaren). Seeing how he has tried to drag the utter dogs he has been saddled with, up the grid, has made me really appreciate his talent. Its pretty easy to win if you have a good car...a lot harder to make any kind of impression if you're given a pile of crap to drive.

McLaren are going to be well and truly stuffed now. Who is going to get them in the points once he leaves?
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