Fernando Alonso announced on Tuesday that he would be leaving the sport at the end of the 2018 Formula 1 season. The veteran made his race debut back in 2001, before going on to spend 15 consecutive years in the sport.
Despite leaving F1 at the end of the year, it is not officially a retirement, as he is open to returning if McLaren becomes competitive once again. However after his announcement, plenty of figures in the motorsport world offered him their best.
Dear @alo_oficial , much respect for this courageous decision. After two @F1 world championship titles, I'm sure more titles will come in other motor sport categories. And thank you for your commitment to #RoadSafety with the @FIA https://t.co/8iZ7yOUFG7— Jean Todt (@JeanTodt) August 14, 2018
We are gonna we miss you a lot @alo_oficial ! My passion for this sport started thanks to you and I consider myself a very lucky guy to have shared 4 years of f1 racing with one of the best ever. Time to keep profiting from the 2nd half of the season! pic.twitter.com/I1PEmn19Qq— Carlos Sainz (@Carlossainz55) August 14, 2018
Thank you my friend to have been such important part of @F1 last two decades! F1 will miss you, but the racing world remains lucky to keep you, your talent and determination! A honor and pleasure to have, and still work with you. #oneoftheveryfewalltimebest https://t.co/nwkrgGLyPY— alex wurz (@alex_wurz) August 14, 2018
Que gusto compartir estos años las pistas contigo!! Eres grande Fer 👏🏻 todo el éxito en tu próxima etapa de vida https://t.co/mbheHZfhcW— Sergio Pérez (@SChecoPerez) August 14, 2018
I honestly suspected that this would be Alonso's final season in F1, but I didn't expect the official announcement to be such a blow to the stomach. End of an era. #F1— Fergal Walsh (@fergalf1) August 14, 2018
Fernando, all the best for the future, it’s been a pleasure to team up with you👊!— Stoffel Vandoorne (@svandoorne) August 14, 2018
We’ll miss you @alo_oficial - the first driver I met when I started working in F1 at Ferrari’s pre-season media event in 2012. Always good to interview, it’s been a pleasure. Go well and go fast at whatever is next! #fernando #nando #alonso #skyf1 #f1 pic.twitter.com/HTXSb01nXy— Rachel Brookes (@RachelBrookesTV) August 14, 2018
“Holy crap! Let’s call him.”— James Hinchcliffe (@Hinchtown) August 14, 2018
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