Fernando Alonso expressed optimism about Lewis Hamilton's potential move to Ferrari, suggesting it could elevate the Italian team to championship contention in 2025. While acknowledging that his primary focus is on his current team, Aston Martin, Alonso indicated interest in Hamilton's seat at Mercedes if he decides to stay in Formula 1 beyond this year.
Alonso highlighted Ferrari's competitive edge over Red Bull in qualifying during the final races of the previous season, emphasizing the team's existing strength. However, he questioned Hamilton's recent claim that driving for Ferrari was a "childhood dream," citing the driver's previous declarations about Mercedes.
The 42-year-old Alonso revealed that he has had no contact with Mercedes so far but remains a potential candidate for Hamilton's seat next year. Despite his past contentious relationship with the German manufacturer during their time as McLaren-Mercedes teammates in 2007, Alonso is under consideration.
Mercedes is also considering Italian prospect Andrea Kimi Antonelli for the role, who is set to debut in Formula 2 this year. Alonso acknowledged his unique situation as one of the three world champions on the grid and emphasized that discussions about his future in F1 would start with Aston Martin as his top priority.
Alonso expressed awareness of his privileged position, being an available and accomplished world champion for the 2025 season. While reiterating his commitment to Aston Martin as the first priority, he acknowledged the potential appeal to other teams based on his performance and dedication displayed in the previous year.