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Formula 1:Fernando Alonso Aims Subtle Dig at Lewis Hamilton As Aston Martin Unveils 2024 Car
- The commencement of the 2024 Formula 1 season is imminent
- Aston Martin have launched the new AMR24 for the 2024 season
- Driver, Fernando Alonso has aimed a subtle dig at Lewis Hamilton
The commencement of the 2024 Formula 1 season continues to draw ever closer, and teams and drivers alike have continued to show their readiness for what is poised to be the longest campaign in the history of the sport.
Amidst the flurry of car launches, livery reveals, and drivers expressing their aspirations, one topic consistently steals the spotlight: Lewis Hamilton's unexpected move to Scuderia Ferrari.
The seven-time drivers’ champion announced earlier in January he was ending his 12-year partnership with Mercedes AMG and is moving to the Marenelo-based team from the 2025 season.
As anticipated, such question regarding Hamilton would pop up as Aston Martin Racing unveiled their 2024 — AMR24 car.
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While an ordinary response was expected when the question was put to Fernando Alonso, the 42-year-old provided a witty retort to talks of the driver’s switch.
Alonso on Hamilton’s Ferrari move
The Spanish driver cast doubt on Hamilton's assertion that driving for Ferrari was a "childhood dream," referencing recent remarks in which the Briton expressed his desire to remain with Mercedes for the remainder of his career.
"It wasn't his childhood dream twelve months ago, was it? Or even two months ago, I suppose, because back then it was a different dream," Alonso remarked, as cited by BBC F1.
The two-time drivers’ champion, however, continued, clearing the air regarding talks of him leaving the Silverstone-based team to replace Hamilton for 2025.
Alonso affirmed that he had not engaged in any discussions with anyone at Mercedes thus far. Although rumours regarding him replacing Hamilton next season have continued.
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Alternatively, Mercedes are also considering promoting Italian rising star Andrea Kimi Antonelli, who is embarking on his Formula 2 debut this year and is widely touted as the sport's next big sensation.
In any instance Antonelli or Alonso do not replace Hamilton, a potential return for Mick Schumacher could be an option for the German constructor.
Leclerc issues warning to Hamilton
In another report, Sports Brief stated that Ferrari driver, Charles Leclerc, has issued a subtle warning to Hamilton.
The Monegasque driver emphasised his dream of winning a drivers’ championship and expressed reluctance to play second fiddle to any teammate.