Fernando Alonso could partner Hamilton at Mercedes – Toto Wolff

Fernando-Alonso-could-partner-Hamilton-at-Mercedes-Toto-WolffMercedes chiefs are weighing up whether to sign Fernando Alonso as a possible replacement for World Champion Nico Rosberg, who has recently announced his retirement from the sport.

Should the move happen, it would reunite the two drivers who had a turbulent partnership when they both drove for McLaren back in 2007.

Rosberg, 31, shocked the Formula 1 community when he announced his retirement in a surprise announcement five days after winning the world title.

“You have to consider Fernando,” Wolff told Sky Sports. “He is a driver I respect a lot. He combines talent, speed and experience. It’s all there.”

The cost of buying out Alonso’s contract, plus the previous history of his fractious relationship with Hamilton could prove the major stumbling blocks with the idea.

Last time they were team-mates, Alonso ended up leaving his contract early after differences proved irreconcilable.

The two time champion still has a further year left on his current contract with McLaren, which may result in Mercedes seeking a replacement elsewhere.

Testing is due to commence in February, and the Constructors’ Champion will have to act quickly to find a suitable replacement.

Former Mercedes test driver Pascal Wehrlein, 22, is currently the most likely target to share driving with the British driver. Hamilton himself said he “doesn’t care” who his team opt for.

Wolff added: “He [Alonso] is in a contract with McLaren-Honda at the moment and we just need to weigh all the other options up.

“Both drivers will have equal status and equal opportunity to the best of our abilities. We owe it to the fans. You can’t have a pecking order.”

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