Alonso, who stated he believed the brand new Aston Martin “ought to be step ahead”, identified that Ferrari took extra pole positions than Red Bull over the ultimate 5 races of final season.
“Even final 12 months, with a really dominant Red Bull automotive, Ferrari had been in a position to match the lap time and be sooner than them in many of the qualifyings, so the automotive ought to be quick sufficient,” he stated.
But he questioned Hamilton’s declare that driving for Ferrari was a “childhood dream”, alluding to current feedback in which the Briton stated he needed to be with Mercedes for the remainder of his life.
“It was not his childhood dream 12 months in the past, no? Or two months in the past I suppose, as a result of it was a unique dream then,” Alonso stated.
The 42-year-old stated he had had “no contact” with Mercedes to this point. He is into consideration by the previous world champions for Hamilton’s seat subsequent 12 months, regardless of his fractious historical past with the German producer when he was team-mates with Hamilton at McLaren-Mercedes in 2007.
Mercedes are additionally identified to be fascinated by selling Italian rising star Andrea Kimi Antonelli, who’s making his debut in Formula 2 this 12 months and is broadly thought-about the subsequent potential megastar.
Asked about his future, Alonso stated: “I’m conscious of my scenario, which is exclusive.
“There are solely three world champions on the grid, and quick world champions, as a result of in the previous perhaps there have been some champions who had been perhaps not so dedicated to be quick. And I’m in all probability the one one accessible for 2025. So I’m in place.
“But on the similar time, once I make the choice whether or not I wish to preserve racing in the long run, the primary and solely discuss I’ll have in the start will probably be with Aston Martin. That will probably be my solely precedence.
“But if we can’t attain an settlement and I wish to decide to race in F1, I do know I’ve a privileged place, I’m in all probability enticing to different groups, the efficiency they noticed final 12 months, the dedication.”