By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Race car driver Fernando Alonso will not race in Formula One in 2019, according to a press release provided by McLaren. The 37-year-old has been racing in Formula One for the past 17-years.
This season is his fifth under the McLaren brand.
“Fernando is not only an outstanding ambassador for McLaren but also for Formula 1,” McLaren Racing’s Chief Executive Officer Zak Brown said. “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.”
He has also raced in one Weathertech SportsCar Championship at the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Alonso drove at that event for United Autosports. His team — as he was one of three drivers with Phil Hanson and Lando Norris — finished 38th. His team led just eight laps.
He has not won a single Formula One race this season. In addition, it’s also been a difficult season, as he’s had two races ended with a gearbox problem. He’s also had another end with an exhaust and another end with a suspension problem. Alonso had four races where he finished a lap down.
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