Ted Kravitz suggests Mercedes wished Fernando Alonso ‘again of their household’ : PlanetF1

Sky F1 reporter Ted Kravitz contemplated whether or not Mercedes wished to energy Fernando Alonso once more to evaluate him as a Lewis Hamilton various.

Simply days after Sebastian Vettel had introduced his retirement from Components 1 on the finish of 2022, Aston Martin shocked the world of Components 1 by confirming Fernando Alonso as his substitute.

It implies that Alonso will go away Alpine and return to a Mercedes-powered crew for the primary time since 2007, when he was team-mate to Lewis Hamilton at McLaren, for what was Hamilton’s rookie marketing campaign.

Hamilton nonetheless seems dedicated to Components 1 and Mercedes, his performances and outcomes on an upward trajectory as Mercedes look to get well misplaced floor following the regulatory overhaul. Hamilton is underneath contract with the crew till the top of 2023.

Nonetheless, Kravitz prompt that in case Hamilton does name time on his profession within the close to future, did Mercedes need Alonso with a crew that they energy with the intention to get a more in-depth take a look at him?

George Russell could be very a lot seen as the long run star to steer Mercedes ahead, however with no junior driver but near a Components 1 breakthrough, maybe Mercedes desires to evaluate whether or not Alonso continues to be as much as the duty and will presumably ship of their automotive if the necessity to substitute Hamilton arises.

Fernando Alonso on the grid pondering with Alpine engineers. Hungary July 2022

“What it additionally does do is reunite Fernando with the Mercedes engine household, which I feel is an attention-grabbing angle,” Kravitz informed Sky Sports activities Information.

“Fernando hasn’t been powered by Mercedes since he left McLaren the primary time spherical underneath a little bit of a cloud 15 years in the past.

“So, this is able to have wanted a sign-off from Toto Wolff, which it clearly acquired. Is it ridiculous to suppose that Mercedes wished Fernando again of their household simply to see what he was like?

“Ought to Lewis resolve he was to go away for no matter motive, they usually want a world champion to place alongside George, wouldn’t it not be the top of the world if Mercedes had a little bit of visibility in what Fernando was like, at the same time as a 41-year-old?

“You may need thought that was unlikely, however as this announcement proves – something is feasible in F1!”

Alonso’s announcement has triggered a series of occasions which locations Daniel Ricciardo’s McLaren future unsure. Learn all about that right here.

The recognized truth at this stage is that Alonso has signed for Aston Martin on a multi-year deal, a crew intent on title success within the close to future, however presently forward of solely Williams within the Constructors’ Championship.

So, with Alonso now 41 years of age, Kravitz finds the entire state of affairs “a bit odd”.

“It’s pretty customary Fernando Alonso profession behaviour that he’s betting on a marked enchancment within the subsequent three years!” Kravitz commented.

“That’s, although, the opposite factor I discover barely perplexing about the entire thing, that at finest it’s going to take three years for Aston Martin to have the ability to win races and problem for championships. By which level, Fernando shall be 44.

“He’s match as a fiddle and he’s as into F1 as he ever was, his break refreshed him, and he’s not working out of steam like Sebastian Vettel has. However, actually?

“And is that to counsel Alpine have been by no means going to get there? Or is he simply searching for another crew to see what he might do, a unique problem? It’s all a bit odd.”



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