Fernando Alonso reveals Mercedes contact, “open” to return
June 19 2019 , 8:51 pm
Fernando Alonso has revealed that he held talks with Mercedes regarding stepping in to replace the retiring Nico Rosberg. The German driver shockingly retired mere days after beating Lewis Hamilton to the drivers’ title and was eventually replaced by Valtteri Bottas.
Alonso signing up to Mercedes would have meant reuniting with Hamilton, almost a decade on from their fractious year as McLaren team-mates in the Brit’s rookie F1 season.
Hamilton has generally had the better of things against Bottas since 2017, but Alonso’s revelation will spark theories about what might have been in a Silver Arrows partnership between the pair of multi-time world champions.
“I’ve had contact with Mercedes in the past,”
“Back in 2016, when Nico Rosberg decided to retire, I spoke with Toto Wolff, but we never reached a definite agreement.”
The Silver Arrows are seemingly one of few teams that could tempt Alonso back to F1, with the Spaniard only interested in a return if a genuine title bid is on the cards.
“In the future, I’m open to interesting offers,” he said.
“If I decide to return to Formula 1, it’ll only be if there’s a real possibility of winning the world title.
“I’m not interested in projects that are starting from zero. I want a car immediately capable of winning.
“If Formula 1 becomes attractive again, I have no doubt that I would