The 2005 and 2006 F1 champion’s present two-year deal runs out on the finish of this season, and Alonso appears set to increase his keep in grand prix racing for what could possibly be his ultimate contract – 20 years on from his debut in 2001.
Nevertheless, no ultimate choice has been taken as Alpine additionally has to weigh up what’s greatest to do with its extremely rated reserve driver Oscar Piastri.
Whereas 2021 Components 2 champion Piastri has been most carefully linked with a mortgage deal at Williams, 41-year-old Alonso is conscious that there’s a likelihood he could possibly be changed by the teen.
Nevertheless, talking forward of the Hungarian Grand Prix, the Spaniard mentioned his focus was solely on persevering with at his present crew – and reckoned negotiations must be swift.
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Talking about deliberate conversations together with his Alpine bosses over the summer season, he mentioned: “I will likely be on holidays and the bosses will likely be on holidays as nicely. So we have to take some video calls or no matter.
“However when two events, they need to agree on one thing, it takes 10 minutes.
“When two events they do not, or they battle to agree on one thing, then possibly one of many sides just isn’t blissful. So it won’t take greater than 10 minutes with no matter I can discuss.”
Alonso is obvious that, having seen the extent of progress that Alpine has made in F1 over the previous two seasons, he doesn’t need to transfer elsewhere.
“I want to keep right here,” he mentioned. “However there are two events and I can’t put a gun to the pinnacle of anybody.
Fernando Alonso, Alpine A522
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“Okay, we’ll open the negotiations. And as I mentioned, you realize, if we agree on one thing, will probably be a 10-minute dialog and if we’ve to battle an excessive amount of will probably be longer.”
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Sebastian Vettel’s retirement from F1 on the finish of the season has opened up a possible choice for Alonso if he doesn’t proceed at Alpine, however the Spaniard doesn’t seem significantly enthusiastic about that prospect.
Requested if Aston Martin was a risk, he mentioned: “All of the groups are an choice, so long as they do not have two drivers signed.
“My precedence is to be with Alpine as a result of we have been working and creating this mission collectively for 2 years now. We’re an increasing number of aggressive.
“And doubtless my want is to remain however we did not sit down utterly and transfer issues ahead. So nonetheless, every part ongoing.”