Formula 1

Fernando Alonso Confirms Negotiation Strength for 2025 F1 Seat Amid Mercedes Speculation

Fernando Alonso asserts his advantageous negotiating position for a Formula 1 seat in 2025, amidst speculation linking him to Mercedes, following Lewis Hamilton’s move to Ferrari.

Key Takeaways:

  • Alonso, currently with Aston Martin, solidifies his negotiating stance for a 2025 F1 seat, with his contract extending through 2024.
  • Speculation mounts suggesting Alonso as a top contender for a Mercedes seat, potentially filling the void left by Hamilton’s Ferrari switch.
  • Despite being 42, Alonso demonstrates peak fitness, remaining the sole world champion driver available for the 2025 season.

In the initial eight Grands Prix of the 2023 season, Alonso showcased exceptional performance, securing podium finishes in six races. His contribution catapulted Aston Martin to P5 in the Constructors’ Championship, with Alonso amassing 206 points out of the team’s total 280.

At 42, Alonso impresses with his pre-season fitness tests, standing as the lone world champion driver available for the upcoming F1 season.

During media interaction at pre-season testing in Bahrain, Alonso shared insights, stating:

“In my case, it’s very interesting because I have, I think, a good position to negotiate. “But I want to at least do the first couple of races without thinking too much. “I want to see myself into a new season. It’s going to be the longest-ever season in Formula 1 [at 24 races]. “I want to change a little bit some of the travel schedule and things to be really efficient this year and arrive with high energy at the end of the year. “So, a couple of things that are my main focus now are not so much next year.”

Hamilton’s shift to Ferrari has expedited the F1 driver market activity. Alonso acknowledged the early stir, stating:

“It was a surprise. I was expecting maybe around summertime to have a little bit of action, but it started really early. There were some leaks. “Probably [Mercedes and Ferrari] have to announce earlier than expected. So, after that, definitely more action going on.”

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