Fernando Alonso shocks F1 by announcing 2018 will be his last season, but keeps the door open to a possible return should McLaren regain race winning form... The last few seasons have been ones of disappointment and failed promise for Fernando Alonso, the double World Champion languishing far too low down the order thanks to the performance of his troubled McLaren team compared to the results his talent deserves, leaving few people surprised that the now 37-year-old Spaniard has decided to walk away from a sport he has been competing in for 17 consecutive seasons. However, with Alonso still chasing that elusive triple crown and seemingly fed up of life at the rear of the F1 field, the current McLaren driver remains keen to point out this isn't a retirement from Grand Prix racing, and should his McLaren team regain some form in the next season or two, Alonso is more than willing to assess a possible comeback with the British squad: "My heart is with the team forever," said Alonso during his announcement earlier today. "I know they (McLaren) 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. "I have built so many great relationships with many fantastic people at McLaren, and they have given me the opportunity to broaden my horizons and race in other categories. I feel I am a more complete driver now than ever." The most recent former World Champion to return to Formula One successfully following more than a year break from the series was Niki Lauda, the Austrian having retired from Grand Prix racing at the end of the 1979 season only to return to McLaren of all teams in 1982, going on to use his skill and experience to secure his third World Championship success in the 1984 season. However more recent returning drivers have fared much less impressively, even the legendary skill of Michael Schumacher wouldn't be enough to make up for his time away from the sport when the German returned to Grand Prix racing for the 2010 season, spending three years with the Mercedes team before eventually calling time on an impressive career with just a single Pole Position at Monaco the highlight for his troubles. No doubt Alonso will be looking at opportunities to race IndyCar next year, potentially alongside a second season in the World Endurance Championship, as he continues his recent quest to add Indy500 victory to an impressive career achievements, and in doing so take the much coveted motorsport 'Triple Crown'. For more from the world of Grand Prix racing, don't forget to check out the Formula One sub forum here at RaceDepartment and get involved in the conversation. Like what you see here at RaceDepartment? Don't forget to like, subscribe and follow us on social media! Instagram Twitter Facebook Youtube Twitch Do you think Alonso will return to Grand Prix racing in future? If so, do you think he can maintain the speed he has shown in recent years? Let us know in the comments section below!