Alonso grins and offers cheeky response to Hamilton to Ferrari rumours
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Fernando Alonso has joked that Lewis Hamilton should remain with Mercedes as the Briton has always promised to ‘win and lose as a team’. Hamilton has been linked with a mega £40million contract with Ferrari as he hunts a record eighth World Championship.
The 38-year-old has struggled amid Mercedes’ performance woes, failing to win a race since 2021. Hamilton, whose contract expires at the end of the season, has publicly grown frustrated over the lack of improvement being made by the Silver Arrows.
It was reported this week that Ferrari were prepared to offer Hamilton a reprieve by handing him a huge contract to become their main driver. However, Hamilton insisted on Thursday that no talks with the Italy-based team had taken place, suggesting his preference is to extend his Mercedes deal.
Former Ferrari star Alonso has weighed into the debate, though, joking that Hamilton has always said Mercedes ‘win and lose as a team’. The Spaniard, therefore, believes that Hamilton should stay with Mercedes, who have struggled for form.
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Alonso grinned before saying: “I have no idea, but he always said that he wins and he loses together with the team, so… if he’s not winning, he should stay.”
Hamilton remains in discussions over extending his Mercedes contract. He revealed on Thursday: “My personal team are working closely behind the scenes with Toto [Wolff] and we are almost at the end of having a contract ready.
“Having a team to focus on that job is a much better position than I was in before. I used to do it all on my own and it was very stressful and I don’t have to do that anymore.”
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Asked if he was having discussions with Ferrari, Hamilton simply responded: “No.”
It comes a week after Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff revealed that talks with Hamilton over a contract had become ‘uncomfortable’ due to their close relationship. The Austrian said: “It’s just uncomfortable that two friends, two blood brothers who have been through thick and thin for ten years, suddenly have to discuss money.
“I’m firmly convinced that we’ll find each other, there’s not a millimetre of doubt for me. I can’t imagine anything else. If we give Lewis a competitive car, he will win for a long time. Look at Tom Brady and what he was still capable of in his 40s.”
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