Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has said that the team never considered Fernando Alonso when it came to finding a replacement for Nico Rosberg. When world champion Nico Rosberg retired, many fans hoped to see Alonso reunited with Hamilton.
Speaking to BBC 5 Live, Wolff admitted that the 2007 season stuck in his mind when it came to choosing a driver. Hamilton and Alonso had an extremely tense and troubling partnership at McLaren during that year.
Speaking about the situation, Wolff said: "From the position of the fans, I understand, I would also like to see Fernando at Mercedes and that old rivalry from 2007 back to life."
"But from the perspective of the team it just did not go. There is a history. The year 2007 is also a painful chapter for Mercedes, as a partner of McLaren at that time, we were closely involved. Of course, they have become more mature and people change. Hamilton-Alonso would have been an exciting line-up, but just a little too exciting for us."