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Aston Martin first option on F1 future amid Mercedes links

Fernando Alonso, Aston Martin F1 Team

The F1 driver market was turned upside down after Lewis Hamilton’s surprise move to Ferrari opened up a seat at Mercedes, and Alonso has inevitably been linked with the vacancy.

The Spaniard insists Aston Martin will have priority when he thinks about his future, but first he has to decide whether he wants to stay in F1 in 2025.

“If I want to keep racing, let’s see what the options are,” he said. “My first priority will be always to sit down and discuss with Aston.

“They gave me the opportunity last year to join this organisation, which I’m very proud to be part of, with the new factory, with everything that is going on, there is a great future in this team. I want to explore every possibility to race for many years here.”

Fernando Alonso, Aston Martin F1 Team

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Alonso turns 43 in July and he conceded he has to think hard about whether to commit long term.

“I think there are a couple of phases that I need to go through,” he said. “First of all, I need to decide myself what I want to do for the future, if I want to commit my life, again, for few more years to this sport, which I love.

“But I love driving, I’ve been driving all over winter, different cars; a DTM car, car cross, rally car, go-karts. I love F1, but generally, I love driving. So if it’s not F1, I will find myself happy in any other form of motorsport, and maybe having more time for my private life, which is also very important, at this age.

“But this is a decision that I need to do with myself, I need to think, and I need to commit to a team eventually, and make sure that I understand that the next few years of my life, it will be that team, and 100% of my time.

“Once I do that decision I want to sit with Aston Martin, and say, okay, I made this decision, and I would love to continue with this project. Because I think we did a good step forward in the last year. We built a lot of things together, we have this new facility here, we have everything to succeed for the future. I trust this project.

“So that will be my first priority when I say that I want to speak first with Aston Martin, because I feel part of this project very much.”

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes F1 W14, leads Fernando Alonso, Aston Martin AMR23

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes F1 W14, leads Fernando Alonso, Aston Martin AMR23

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But Alonso did concede he will be of interest to other teams should he not stay with Aston.

“If we cannot reach an agreement, and…

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