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Alonso: I need to decide if I want to keep racing

Alonso: I need to decide if I want to keep racing

Alonso: I need to decide if I want to keep racing

Fernando Alonso insists that he needs to decide whether he would be racing in Formula 1 beyond 2024, before targeting a Mercedes seat in 2025.

Alonso’s named popped up as a potential candidate to replace Ferrari-bound Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes in 2025 as soon as the Briton’s move was announced, and the Spaniard did not rule out a move despite insisting his priority is to renew his Aston Martin contract.

Alonso is currently on his second year with Aston Martin and his third since his comeback to F1 in 2021 with Alpine after a two-year hiatus – he retired for the first time at the end of the 2018 season when he was still with McLaren.

The 2005 and 2006 F1 Champion has proven that age is just a number, still driving at his best in top flight and bagging eight podiums in 2023 when Aston Martin’s car was still competitive, before the team dropped the ball with development.

That makes him an attractive prospect for any F1 team and while he recently claimed he could drive until he’s 50, Alonso seems to have taken a U-turn on that opinion, given how long F1 seasons are now – 2024 will feature 24 races for the first time – not to mention the new regulations that will kick in in 2026.

Facing the Media in Bahrain on Wednesday, he was asked about his future plans and the chances of him joining Mercedes in 2025, he responded: “First of all, I need to decide if I want to keep racing. I will need to decide that in a few races.

“I feel great now but it’s a demanding calendar. In 2026, there are different regulations that are maybe tempting or not. I will wait a few races to decide,” he added.

Alonso will turn 43 next July. He has taken part in 378 grands prix, won 32 races and is still chasing an elusive 33rd win.