Ferrari confirms that Fernando Alonso is leaving

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Ferrari has confirmed that two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso is leaving the team after the final race of the season.

The 33-year-old Spanish driver had said earlier this season that his future lay elsewhere, amid reports that he could join McLaren next season.

Team principal Marco Mattiacci thanked Alonso for his services, saying in a statement Thursday that “we offer him our heartfelt thanks for what has been an extraordinary adventure with the Scuderia.”

Alonso has won 11 races for Ferrari and secured 44 podium places. His final race will be Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Alonso came close to winning the title in the final race at Abu Dhabi four years ago, entering it with an eight-point lead only for German driver Sebastian Vettel to win the title.