Rosberg: We should start a petition to get Alonso back in F1!
Nico Rosberg reckons Formula 1 fans should start a petition to get Fernando Alonso back in the sport with Mercedes as Lewis Hamilton’s partner for 2020.
With Valtteri Bottas struggling yet again at the Hungarian Grand Prix at the weekend, finishing eighth despite starting from second on the grid, there is increasing speculation that he could be replaced by Mercedes next year, potentially by Esteban Ocon or George Russell.
However, Rosberg wants a return for the two-time world champion.
"I think we should start a petition to get Alonso in that second Mercedes car,” the German-Finn said in his post-race YouTube blog.
“Bring him out of retirement, bring Alonso back and put him in the damn Mercedes next to Lewis. How cool would that be? It'd be epic stuff."
Bottas’ race in Hungary came after he crashed out of the German GP the week before, and Rosberg thinks Budapest was potentially the final nail in his Mercedes coffin.
"Bottas was up against the two best wheel-to-wheel racers out there in Verstappen and Hamilton," he explained.
"Hamilton just drove round the outside of him at Turn 2, so really destroyed him there.
"Then he [Bottas] was unlucky when [Charles] Leclerc chopped him and damaged his front-wing and then that was it, the end of the race, the end of the weekend for him.
"I would have a tendency to say that's the end of his Mercedes race seat as well. The last two races have been such a struggle for him and I think they're going to put Ocon in the car.
"I don't think they've quite fully decided themselves yet, so it's a very fine line, but I think [they're leaning] a little bit toward Ocon, but let's see.
"He [Hamilton] is definitely on for his sixth title, because Bottas has kind of lost the plot and Verstappen just doesn't have the car despite driving amazingly."
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