Mercedes: We have to consider Alonso

Date published: December 6 2016 - Editor

Despite McLaren insisting that Fernando Alonso is going nowhere, Mercedes have revealed that he is being ‘considered’ for Nico Rosberg’s vacant seat.

With Rosberg quitting Formula 1 days after winning the World title, Mercedes are looking at their options for next year’s championship.

Alonso was touted by the media as a possible replacement only for new McLaren boss Zak Brown to insist that the driver is happy right where he is.

“We have a contract with Fernando and he is very happy,” he told Sky Sports.

“Obviously he wants to be winning races, as do we, but I am not worried about that scenario.

“We are very comfortable where we are at.”

Mercedes, though, are not quite willing to shut that door just yet.

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

“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.”