The driver will leave after this weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Formula 1 team Ferrari have confirmed what has been rumoured for some time: that driver Fernando Alonso, who has been with them since 2010, will be leaving at the end of this season.
Scuderia Ferrari’s website officially confirmed the agreement this morning, but the news broke in mid-October, and rumours have been circulating longer even than that.
The Spaniard still has two years left on his contract, but has agreed a termination with the Italian team.
“It was a difficult decision to take, but a carefully considered one from start to finish,” the BBC quote Alonso as saying. “My love for Ferrari was a prime consideration.”
In the 33-year-old’s five years at Ferrari he amassed 1186 points, 44 podiums and 11 wins. He is now widely expected to join McLaren, where he spent a turbulent year in 2007.
Sebastian Vettel will replace Alonso at Ferrari, having confirmed in October that he is leaving Red Bull after a hugely successful seven year spell with the reigning champions. He will partner Kimi Raikkonen for the 2015 season.