Fernando Alonso will leave Formula 1 in 2019

Spanish driver Fernando Alonso, twice champion and three times runner-up in Formula 1, will leave the competition after 17 years in the premier class, the McLaren team announced on Tuesday.

Alonso, 37, has achieved 32 wins and 22 poles during his long career in F1, where he became the youngest champion in history in 2005.

“After 17 wonderful years in this incredible sport it is time to make a change,” Alonso said in a statement. “I’ve enjoyed every minute of these incredible seasons and couldn’t be more grateful to the people who have helped make them so special.

Alonso will continue to compete until the end of the season, as he said in the McLaren statement.

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