Mercedes to replace Nico Rosberg with Fernando Alonso

Mercedes to replace Nico Rosberg with Fernando Alonso

Mercedes to replace Nico Rosberg with Fernando Alonso

Mercedes have confirmed Fernando Alonso is being ‘considered’ as a potential replacement for Nico Rosberg – but Pascal Wehrlein remains the favourite to succeed the retired world champion.

After Rosberg’s stunning bombshell, the Silver Arrows are short of time before pre-season testing begins in February to find his replacement and short of options. All of the sport’s top drivers are under contract for next season leaving Mercedes‘ hierarchy in a difficult predicament.

But if the F1 purists had their way, there would be no hesitation inside Mercedes at trying to entice Alonso, the two-time world champion, to drive alongside Lewis Hamilton in a blockbuster partnership that would instantly adorn the 2017 season with Box Office allure.

“You have to consider Fernando,” Mercedes boss Toto Wolff told Sky Sportsin an exclusive interview that will be broadcast in Thursday night’s F1 Special: Nico The Brave show at 8pm.

“He is a driver I respect a lot. He combines talent, speed and experience. It’s all there.

“But he is in a contract with McLaren-Honda at the moment and we just need to weigh all the other options up.”

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