Fernando Alonso claims he wants to be Lewis Hamilton’s team-mate again

Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton were team-mates at McLaren during the 2007 F1 season.

Double World Champion Fernando Alonso has astonishingly revealed that he’d “love” to be in the same garage once again as seven-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton, so that the pair can “end our careers together”.

Given how badly the duo’s partnership went at McLaren in 2007, it’s certainly a surprising revelation, with Alonso and Hamilton having worked badly as team-mates.

The pair only spent the one season together in 2007, with Alonso having joined McLaren at the time after claiming back-to-back titles at Renault.

Hamilton on the other hand, joined McLaren for his rookie campaign, meaning the reigning World Champion at the time was partnered with one of the sport’s hottest ever prospects.

Want to work in Formula 1? Browse the latest F1 job vacancies

As a result, the pair clashed during their title fight, which was ultimately won by Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen.

Alonso immediately left McLaren as a result with Hamilton having remained as the Woking-based team’s star driver, before he joined Mercedes in 2013.

Alonso, though, blames McLaren’s bosses at the time for not managing the two drivers well, with him believing that things would be very different nowadays.

“It would be nice to end our careers together. I’d love that,” Alonso told the Daily Mail.

Article continues below

“We had a difficult season. The situation that season was not well-managed by our bosses. We were young. We were immature. We were many of the things we are not now, and we needed help from the management that we didn’t get.

“But we respected what the other was doing on track and still do. We each consider the other to be a talented driver and one of the toughest competitors we have ever met.”

The only way for the duo to team up again would be if George Russell leaves Mercedes, with Hamilton set to remain at the Silver Arrows for two more years.

Whilst his current deal expires at the end of 2023, Hamilton has expressed his intent on sticking with the Germans until the end of his career, due to feeling “very much at home”.

Hamilton’s “dream” is to stay at Mercedes “till the end of days” like the legendary Sir Stirling Moss, something the 38-year-old looks set to do.

“I feel amazing about it [his Mercedes future]. I continue to feel very much at home. It’s family,” Hamilton told Autosport.

READ: Lewis Hamilton compares himself to F1 legend amid Ferrari rumours

“I see myself being with Mercedes till my last days, to be honest. If you look at the legends, Sir Stirling Moss was with Mercedes till the end of days. That’s been the dream for me.

“I think, for me personally, just as long as I can continue to help the team, as long as I can continue to help drive the team forwards and really contribute, then that’s why I want to stay.

“If there’s ever going to be a point where I feel like I’m not able to do that, then it’s time for a youngster to come in to take my seat. But I’m still pretty young, in pretty decent shape.”