Fernando Alonso in talks for Mercedes seat despite causing George Russell crash

Fernando Alonso was held responsible for George Russell’s big shunt in Australia (Photo: Getty)

Fernando Alonso is reportedly in talks to join Mercedes next year – just a day after causing George Russell’s huge crash at the Australian Grand Prix.

The two-time Formula 1 champion was held responsible for Russell’s last lap crash in Melbourne on Sunday, that left the Mercedes driver screaming in terror.

In an attempt to hold off the Brit for sixth-place, Alonso braked for a corner a lot earlier than usual, spooking his rival and causing him to veer off into the barriers, before his car scarily ended up on its side in the middle of the track.

Mercedes accused the Spaniard of brake-testing Russell and the stewards agreed, handing him a 20-second time penalty for ‘potentially dangerous’ driving, which demoted the Aston Martin from sixth to eighth.

The incident will not have left Alonso and Russell on the best of terms, which could make things awkward after reports claimed that the pair may actually be teammates at the Silver Arrows in 2025.

Bild report that the 42-year-old is in talks with the team and has a ‘good chance’ of moving to Mercedes to replace Sir Lewis Hamilton who is joining Ferrari.

There is much speculation surrounding Alonso’s F1 future with his Aston Martin contract up at the end of the season, while he himself suggested that he could even retire from the sport.

A move for the veteran racer would be a smart one for Mercedes who would like to hire 17-year-old Andrea Kimi Antonelli but have concerns over the wonderkid’s lack of experience.

Therefore a short-term driver who can fill-in for one or two years while the Italian gets more races under his belt may prove to be ideal and given his age, Alonso would fill this role perfectly.

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Could Alonso and Russell next season (Photo: Getty)

Alonso and Russell would be a formidable partnership, though given the events in Australia, Mercedes may need to reconsider, with Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz among the drivers linked with the Silver Arrows.

Following the race, Alonso hit out at the decision to give a penalty, writing on Twitter: ‘Double points for the team and a better race pace than the rest of the weekend allowed us to cross the finish line in 6th and 7th place [for teammate Lance Stroll].



The race to replace Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes:

Andrea Kimi Antontelli – 5/4

Fernando Alonso – 6/4

Max Verstappen – 6/1

Carlos Sainz – 12/1

Esteban Ocon – 14/1

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‘A bit surprised by a penalty at the end of the race regarding how we should approach the corners or how we should drive the race cars. At no point do we want to do anything wrong at these speeds.

‘I believe that without gravel on that corner, on any other corner in the world we will never be even investigated. In F1, with over 20 years of experience, with epic duels like Imola 2005/2006/ Brazil 2023, changing racing lines, sacrificing entry speed to have good exits from corners is part of the art of motorsport.

‘We never drive at 100% every race lap and every corner, we save fuel, tires, brakes, so being responsible for not making every lap the same is a bit surprising.

‘We have to accept it and think about Japan, to have more pace and fight for positions further up the field. Thank you, team!’

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