Alonso offered the chance to swap seats with Hamilton at Mercedes 2 yrs ago
Fernando Alonso has sensationally claimed he was offered the chance to swap seats with Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes two years ago.
The double champion, then at Ferrari, claimed he was offered the chance to move to the Silver Arrows while Britain’s ace racer would move in the other direction to Maranello.
But the Machiavellian Spaniard was vague about who exactly made the offer.
And he added: “I don’t know if Hamilton knew about it.”
Alonso, now at McLaren-Honda, was talking about the summer of 2014 when Hamilton was in the throes of his first title campaign with Mercedes while he was headed for an acrimonious exit from Italy.
At the time, the paddock regularly buzzed with speculation an Alonso/Mercedes deal was in the air. Asked on Tuesday at Barcelona testing whether the rumours were true, he said: “Yes, the offer was there.
“The circumstances meant it came up but Ferrari didn’t want it at that point.”
And with Nico Rosberg’s contract in its final year there is no surprise he has bought it up again.
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