The Formula 1 paddock has reacted to news that Fernando Alonso is walking away at the end of this season, wishing the Spaniard well.
On Tuesday Alonso announced that this year’s championship would be his last in Formula 1, at least for now.
He said: “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.”
Drivers present and past have reacted to the news.
Fernando, all the best for the future, it’s been a pleasure to team up with you👊!
— Stoffel Vandoorne (@svandoorne) August 14, 2018
— Romain Grosjean (@RGrosjean) August 14, 2018
Te deseo todo lo mejor para el futuro! 🤙 https://t.co/OnOLZ7vACn
— Nico Hülkenberg (@HulkHulkenberg) 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
— Felipe Massa (@MassaFelipe19) August 14, 2018
I’ll miss Fernando’s fiery character and relentless speed. Unfulfilled potential yet still huge achievements in F1. Needed somebody stronger than him around to control the destructive moments which prevented him being first choice for any team, but not sure such a person exists https://t.co/qaYcK4PVyr
— Martin Brundle (@MBrundleF1) August 14, 2018
Wow… Massive news. Formula 1 will be a poorer place without him. 8 points away from being a 5 time World Champion – the ultimate F1 story in not being able to fill the CV with titles to match his talent? https://t.co/6Joq5zUBib
— Karun Chandhok (@karunchandhok) August 14, 2018
One, Lando Norris, was more interested in Alonso’s announcement than most and well he should be as he waits in the McLaren wings for his chance to race in Formula 1.
— Lando Norris (@LandoNorris) August 14, 2018
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Renault remembered the great times…
Dear ‘Nando ….. pic.twitter.com/cb6lNydTzi
— Renault Sport F1 (@RenaultSportF1) August 14, 2018
As did the official F1 website…
— Formula 1 (@F1) August 14, 2018
But it was perhaps F1 Writers that best summed it up for many a fan.
— F1Writers™ (@f1writers) August 14, 2018