So the news is out, Fernando Alonso will retire from Formula One at the end of the season.
After 17 seasons, two titles, 32 grand prix victories and 97 podium finishes the Spaniard will bow out of the sport. While his final years in the sport have not been fruitful in terms of results, Alonso is still widely accepted as one of F1's best.
Though Alonso still has the remainder of the World Endurance Championship season to complete, and a return to the U.S. to compete in IndyCar a possibility, we will surely be seeing Alonso back among the motorsport news headlines in the near future.
Here's a round-up of the best reaction on social media to the announcement:
Two of Alonso's former teammates, Romain Grosjean and Felipe Massa, were the first to heap praise on the Spaniard.
Alonso claimed two wins at the Spanish Grand Prix, which takes place at the Circuit de Catalunya.
Thank you Fernando, for all these years, your talent and the fantastic years we have spent together. F1 is bigger thanks to you. Circuit will always be your home. https://t.co/3DMk3ZFWDE— Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya (@Circuitcat_eng) August 14, 2018
His only two F1 titles came during his years with Renault.
Dear 'Nando ..... pic.twitter.com/cb6lNydTzi— Renault Sport F1 (@RenaultSportF1) August 14, 2018
Sky Sports F1 pundit and commentator Martin Brundle's reaction:
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
From 'Nando to Lando? McLaren's young driver, Lando Norris, will surely be hoping to be the man to replace Alonso.
Nico Hulkenberg showcased his Spanish skills to wish Alonso well for the future.
Te deseo todo lo mejor para el futuro! 🤙 https://t.co/OnOLZ7vACn— Nico Hülkenberg (@HulkHulkenberg) August 14, 2018