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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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Lewis Hamilton wins 4th World Championship title

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Lewis Hamilton wins 4th World Championship title

English racer, Lewis Hamilton has won a fourth Formula 1 world champion title today 29/10/2017.

Earlier in the race, Hamilton was hit by rival Sebastian Vettel in the Mexican GP but however Hamilton won the championship after a remarkable comeback while the Ferrari driver only finished fourth.

“It doesn’t feel real,” said Hamilton. “That’s not the kind of race that you want but I never gave up.”

The title win makes Hamilton the most successful British driver in Formula 1 history and draws the Mercedes driver level with Vettel and Alain Prost in the all-time standings.

Lewis Hamilton wins 4th World Championship title

Only five-time champion Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher, who won a record-breaking seven, have won more drivers’ titles in F1 history.

However, Hamilton’s title win was overshadowed by his first-lap clash with Vettel when the Ferrari hit the rear of the Englishman’s Mercedes.

“Did he hit me deliberately?” Hamilton asked over team radio.

Hamilton and Vettel were forced to pit at the end of the first lap but Hamilton emerged a further 30 seconds behind the Ferrari and facing a long afternoon fighting back into the top ten.

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Daniel Ricciardo beats Lewis Hamilton to win Mexican Grand Prix

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Daniel Ricciardo beats Lewis Hamilton to win Mexican Grand Prix

Red Bull‘s Daniel Ricciardo piped Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton in a closely contested second practice at the Mexican Grand Prix.

Ricciardo was 0.131 seconds quicker than Lewis Hamilton, while Sebastian Vettel was 0.032secs off Hamilton as the Ferrari driver battles to hold on to his fading title hopes.

The result means that Lewis Hamilton only needs to finish at least fifth on Sunday to clinch a fourth championship.

However, If Sebastian Vettel is second in the race, Hamilton will only need to finish at least ninth to clinch the championship. but If the German finishes anywhere else, Hamilton will be named champion.

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Lewis Hamilton wins Japanese Grand Prix

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Lewis Hamilton has won the Japanese Grand Prix as rival Sebastian Vettel retired early following mechanical problems.

Ferrari’s Vettel retired four laps into the race after slipping down the field from the start with an engine problem and Mercedes driver Hamilton now tops the German by 59 points with 100 available in the remaining four races.
Lewis Hamilton wins Japanese Grand Prix
The Briton will clinch the title at the next race – the United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas – if he wins and Vettel finishes lower than fifth

It continues a remarkable swing in the championship towards Hamilton and away from Vettel.

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