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Fernando Alonso has confirmed that he has had no contact with Mercedes about the prospect of replacing Lewis Hamilton in 2025.

Alonso is out of contract with Aston Martin at the end of the season and has been tipped to join the Silver Arrows. But he insisted that any talk is just speculation for now.

“On the Mercedes thing, there has been nothing at all,” he said. “I know the driver market has started earlier this year than probably June or July, which is the normal timing, but this will not affect me at all in terms of preparing the season good enough.

“We have a very limited pre-season testing in Bahrain, and because it’s so limited, I cannot think too much about the future right now. I will have to wait a few races.

“I’m aware of my situation, which is very unique. There are only three world champions on the grid [Alonso, Hamilton and Max Verstappen], and they are fast world champions, because in the past maybe there were some world champions who were not so committed to being fast.

“I’m probably the only champion available for ’25, so I have a good position. At the same time, when I make the decision if I want to keep racing or not for the future, first and the only talk that I will have at the beginning is with Aston Martin, because this will be my only one priority.”

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