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Fernando Alonso: I would be an attractive option to replace Lewis Hamilton

Fernando Alonso believes he is an 金光佛论坛渁ttractive金光佛论坛 candidate to replace Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes 金光佛论坛 but has denied holding talks with the Silver Arrows.

Hamilton, 39, is entering his final season with the team which carried him to six of his seven world championships after agreeing a shock move to Ferrari in 2025.

Hamilton金光佛论坛檚 departure from Mercedes will create a vacancy alongside George Russell, while Max Verstappen金光佛论坛檚 Red Bull team are also due to have a seat available with Sergio Perez金光佛论坛檚 contract expiring at the end of the season.

金光佛论坛淚 am aware of my situation which is very unique,金光佛论坛 said Alonso, who won back-to-back world championships with Renault in 2004 and 2005.

金光佛论坛淭here are only three world champions on the grid and I am the only one available for 2025, so I am in a good position.

金光佛论坛淥n a move to Mercedes, there has been nothing at all. I know the driver market has started earlier this year, but this will not affect me in terms of preparing for the season.

金光佛论坛淚f I want to keep racing beyond this year, the first and only talk at the beginning will be Aston Martin. I trust this project and that will be my first priority.

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Lewis Hamilton has agreed a move to Ferrari for 2025 (David Davies/PA)

Commenting on Hamilton金光佛论坛檚 move to Ferrari, Alonso, who drove for the Italian team between 2010 and 2014 but fell short of winning the title, added: 金光佛论坛淚t was a surprise, I will not lie, not because the change itself but from the outside it seemed like he was very linked to Mercedes and very loyal to Mercedes.

金光佛论坛淔errari is a special team but it is more special when you win. Maybe Lewis can bring that extra fight for the championship because the car is there.金光佛论坛

Alonso finished fourth in last year金光佛论坛檚 drivers金光佛论坛 championship as his Aston Martin transformed from also-rans to frontrunners.

Alonso scored six podiums in the opening eight rounds and might have ended his 10-year wait for victory had his team金光佛论坛檚 strategy been more on point at the rain-hit Monaco Grand Prix.

The Silverstone-based team金光佛论坛檚 form fell away in the second half of the year but Alonso continued to out-perform his machinery, taking further podiums in the Netherlands and Brazil.

Fernando Alonso
Fernando Alonso finished fourth in last year金光佛论坛檚 drivers金光佛论坛 championship (Tim Goode/PA)

Alonso, 43, in July will this season become the first driver to take part in 400 grands prix and the evergreen Spaniard raised the prospect of competing deep into his forties.

He added: 金光佛论坛淎 few years ago I would say 41 or 42 is the limit, but after last year I saw I was motivated, performing well, and I was thinking I could race a few more years.

金光佛论坛淣ow, this winter, I have exceeded expectations in terms of the physical tests, so if I am motivated and ready to commit, I can race until 48, 49 or maybe even 50.金光佛论坛

Pre-season testing starts in Bahrain a week on Wednesday ahead of the first race, also in the Gulf Kingdom, on March 2.

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