Motor Sport Magazine was the first to report the news of the double Formula 1 world champion exiting the team. The split comes on the back of a miserable attempt to make the Indianapolis 500. The Spaniard lost out of qualifying for the prestigious event by the skin of his teeth. In the process, He and two other drivers ended up walking away disappointed.
However, reports stated that the parting was mutual, with McLaren confirming the same.
“Fernando, like all McLaren drivers past and present, will always be part of the McLaren family and we have a strong relationship with him. We have no plans to run him in any further F1 test sessions this year as our focus remains on both Carlos (Sainz) and Lando (Norris). He is free to pursue other opportunities in motorsport and we would support him in doing so.”
Since entering the twilight of his Formula One career, Fernando Alonso spent his last four years with McLaren. After electing to walk away from the sport for good, and ending an era, he was named a team ambassador. Since then, he has raced the 2017 Indianapolis 500 with a McLaren-Andretti collaboration. The final tryst with Formula One was when Fernando Alonso tested the 2019 McLaren Formula 1 car in Bahrain.
After hanging up his Formula One gloves, Fernando Alonso donned the WEC gloves and won the 24 Hours of Le Mans twice for Toyota. However, the veteran Spaniard is currently on hiatus from motorsport activities and has remained coy on his future plans. However, one thing is for sure, he is eager to return to the Indianapolis 500 but not contest a full NTT IndyCar Series bid. This is because Fernando Alonso wishes to complete the prestigious Motorsport Triple Crown.