Fernando Alonso/

McLaren driver Fernando Alonso has announced that he will retire from Formula 1 at the end of the season.

Despite being considered to be one of the best drivers to ever grace an F1 cockpit, the 37-year-old has not won an F1 race in five years and the Drivers’ World Championship in over a decade.

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The two-time world champion is set to make a full-time switch to the Indy Car series.

“After 17 wonderful years in this amazing sport, it’s time for me to make a change and move on,” said Alonso.

By moving Stateside, Alonso will be able to pursue his ambition of completing motorsport’s ‘triple crown’ having seemingly given up hope of landing a front-running driver in F1 again either at McLaren, with whom he has spent the last four years at the wrong end of the grid, or with the sport’s current dominant forces – Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull.

Only last week, Red Bull ruled out signing Alonso as a replacement for the Renault-bound Daniel Ricciardo. “He’s tended to cause a bit of chaos wherever he’s gone,” explained team boss Christian Horner.