On Tuesday, Fernando Alonso anounced that he will not be competing in F1 after the 2018 season ends.
"After 17 wonderful years in this amazing sport, it's time for me to make a change and move on, I have enjoyed every single minute of those incredible seasons and I cannot thank enough the people who have contributed to make them all special."
Even though it is official that he will not be an F1 driver in 2019, it is unofficial what he will do in 2019 as far as racing goes.
"Lets see what the future brings; new exciting challenges are around the corner. I'm having one of the happiest times ever in my life but I need to go on exploring new adventures."
However there are several sources and theorys that believe Alonso will become a Verizon IndyCar Series driver.
McLaren themseleves have had a big interest in IndyCar and are exploring some options for future entry. And Alonso is a racer, he is not the type of driver anymore where money will put him somewhere he is not winning. His drive and competitive spirit is fueled by gas not cash.
People are assuming that Andretti is the team that McLaren will pair up with if they were to commit to IndyCar because of the relationship with the team itself from helping them out with runnin in the Indy 500 and the team being Honda powered.
But it was reported that McLaren CEO Zak Brown is possible persuing a Chevrolet team after meeting with Chevrolet in Detroit. McLaren and Chevrolet and actually go way back as when the McLaren M8A was running in SCCA's Canadian-American Challenge Cup (Can-Am) it was powered by 430 cubic inch big block chevy V8. With them in talks with chevy it's also been rumored that if they were able to strike a deal with Chevrolet that they would run their operations out of the newly formed team last season Harding Racing.
Do not rule out Andretti though, as Michael Andretti has expressed his interest in having Alonso on his team either with or without McLaren on board.
On top of all of this it was also reported that Fernando Alonso is set to make an IndyCar testing debut on a road course next month with one of Andretti's Honda's.
There are a lot of options open for McLaren and Alonso to run IndyCar in the not so distant future. Alonso has claimed he would like to run the full IndyCar season and not pick and choose between races throughout the season.
There is no doubt that if Fernando Alonso were able to become an full time IndyCar driver, it would be the biggest driver to come over from F1 since Nigel Mansell came in 1993 and ran for Newman Haas Racing. And Fernando expressed to other drivers how much he loved the atmosphere of the Verizon IndyCar Series and its fans and the way people socialize amongst the series.
With all this to take in and consider, I think we will be seeing a very interesting annoucment coming soon.