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Fernando Alonso hints at potential Formula One exit

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Double Formula 1 world champion, Fernando Alonso, has hinted that he could be leaving F1 in the near future to drive in the World Endurance Championship.

The Mclaren driver dropped a big clue regarding his future plans in a tribute video to the retiring Mark Webber, who drove in his last endurance race for Porsche last weekend. Whilst others simply wished the Aussie a happy retirement, Alonso made some further comments that may intrigue F1 fans. 

Webber, who spent over ten years in Formula 1 with four teams including Jaguar and Red Bull, will now take up a representative role with Porsche. 

In the video, Alonso says: "You've had a fantastic career and now all your success with Porsche. You didn't wait for me there, it would have been nice but you'll still be around and I will ask you many things when I join your adventure."

The Spaniard is clearly suggesting that he plans to join the German team to race at Le Mans, amongst other endurance races in the future. 

Alonso is under contract at Mclaren until the end of the 2017 season but his unhappiness at the team has been well documented throughout this year and it would be no surprise to see the former Ferrari and Renault driver take his talents to the endurance racing arena. 

The 35-year-old has been a part of a struggling team yet again this season and currently sits in 10th place in the drivers standings. He hasn't had a single podium finish all year with his best finish being two fifth place drives and he is yet to start a race from higher than the fourth row of the grid.

Whilst Alonso has comfortably outperformed teammate Jenson Button, it is now abundantly clear that the two-time world champion is looking for pastures new after more than a decade in the sport. The challenge and prestige involved in the 24 hour Le Mans race may be enough to entice him and rejuvenate his career. 

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