McLaren will reportedly confirm Carlos Sainz as Fernando Alonso’s replacement before the end of this week.
Earlier this week Alonso announced he was quitting Formula 1 at the end of this season.
The double World Champion, who has yet to confirm his 2019 plans, did leave the door open for a possible return to McLaren should the team get it right in the coming years.
Alonso’s announcement has all but assured Sainz, already linked to McLaren, a race-seat for next year’s championship.
According to ESPN, the Renault driver has signed a two-year deal to race for McLaren with the team set to make the announcement later this week.
The only question remaining is who will partner Sainz.
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While Stoffel Vandoorne believes he has done enough to secure his future, test driver Lando Norris is keen to step up to a Formula 1 race seat next season.
The latter responded to the announcement that Alonso is walking away from F1 with a tweet saying “interesting.”