An F1 career spanning 17 years. Achieving 2 Drivers World Titles, 32 race wins and 97 pole positions, Alonso is arguably one the best drivers to ever grace an Formula 1 grid, and while he is still in the top racing form at the age of 37, Alonso has announced that this season would be his last in the sport.
In a very emotional Twitter announcement, Alonso took a look through all his years in Formula 1 and stated that he had other pursuits to chase after (erg Indycar).
McLaren also issued a statement on their website, with CEO of McLaren Racing, Zak Brown, stating that they will respect his decision to pursue other ventures even hough they believe he still in the finest form of his career.
The Spaniard hopes for bigger and better days for the Woking-based team, whom he will be forever grateful for their support of him.
Alonso also mentioned that he had made this decision months ago and was very firm about it.
He ended his comment by thanking all the fans, fellow drivers, former team and team-mates, Liberty Media, the fans and all the other people he has encountered throughout his F1 career.
McLaren, of course, did not mention who they have in-line to replace the outgoing 2-time world champion but a statement is expected albeit not too soon to pay respects to Alonso.