Fernando Alonso (Aston Martin) assured this Monday that it is a “attractive” candidate to replace the British Lewis Hamilton in Mercedes starting in 2025, when he leaves for Ferrari, although he denied having held conversations with the German team.
After the presentation of the AMR24, the new car for the 2024 Aston Martin season, andThe Asturian driver, two-time world champion, declared:
I am aware of my situation, which is unique. There are only three world champions on the grid and I’m the only one available for 2025, so I’m in a good position.
The world champion in 2005 and 2006 (Renault) insisted that “there has been nothing” with Mercedes after what hamilton will announce that he is leaving for Ferrari when the next season ends, starting in 2025.
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And, although the first and only option to continue competing beyond this year will be Aston Martin, Alonso does not close the door to be the British substitute.
But if we don’t reach an agreement, I know that I am attractive to other teams. I won’t stay in Formula 1 just to have fun. I’m not that type of person or pilot. Let’s see what the options are.
About the signing of Hamilton for Ferrari, Alonso, that He drove for the Italian team between 2010 and 2014 touching the title with the Prancing Horseadmitted that:
It was a surprise, not because of the change itself, but because from the outside it seemed that he was very linked to Mercedes and very loyal to Mercedes.
And the Spanish pilot added:
Ferrari is a special team, but it is more special when you win. Maybe Lewis can contribute that extra fight for the championship, because the car is there.
The Asturian was fourth in the 2023 World Cup, achieving eight podiums and keeping the dream of his 33rd victory alive until the end. This season he is already 43 years oldAlonso will become the first driver to participate in 400 Grand Prix, while still motivated with racing.
A few years ago I would say that 41 or 42 was the limit, but after last year I saw that he was motivated, that he was performing well, and I thought he could race for a few more years. This winter, I have exceeded expectations in terms of physical tests, so if I am motivated and willing to commit, I can run until I am 48, 49, or maybe even 50.
(With information from Europa Press)