Fernando Alonso mentioned that the Aston Martin seat is “an possibility” as hypothesis spherical his future at Alpine continues.
F1’s ‘foolish season’ has begun after Sebastian Vettel introduced he could be retiring from the game on the finish of the 2022 marketing campaign.
Because it stands, there are eight seats at present vacant for subsequent yr with solely McLaren, Pink Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes having confirmed their driver lineups for 2023.
One of many drivers whose future has been probably the most talked about is Alonso as his Alpine contract is ready to run out on the conclusion of the 2022 season.
A choice on Alonso’s future has been more and more pushed again having first been scheduled for the British Grand Prix but it surely now seems to be extra probably that talks will start in the summertime break.
Nevertheless, Alonso, who will flip 41 on July 29, could discover his place beneath menace regardless of a powerful exhibiting this season as Alpine have the extremely rated younger prospect Oscar Piastri ready within the wings.
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The Spaniard has now mentioned that each one groups with out each drivers signed are “an possibility” however that his precedence is Alpine.
“From the start of the summer season break, it is going to be the purpose I would like to sit down down and conclude one thing,” Alonso informed reporters in Hungary. “The summer season break begins on Monday.
“All of the groups are an possibility so long as they don’t have two drivers signed. My precedence is to be with Alpine.
“We’ve been working and growing this venture collectively for 2 years now. We’re increasingly more aggressive.
“Most likely my want is to remain. However we didn’t sit down fully and transfer ahead with issues. So nonetheless the whole lot is ongoing.”
Aston Martin have large plans for the long run and whereas their fortunes within the sport have stagnated for the reason that rebranding from Racing Level, it may very well be an interesting transfer for Alonso who mentioned he feels “very quick” this yr.
“I feel I’m contemporary right here [in F1], very motivated,” he mentioned. “I’m trying ahead a lot into subsequent yr, what the second yr of those guidelines will carry.
“We race in Las Vegas, we race perhaps in South Africa. All this stuff, they’re very interesting.
“I really feel very quick this yr, final yr was a wrestle a little bit bit. However this yr I really feel at my 100 per cent.
“Now even excited about sportscars or IndyCar it’s like ‘not now’. My head is totally ‘take away this’ and keep targeted on F1.”