Fernando Alonso says he will not “pull a gun” on Alpine F1 team bosses as he pushes for a new two-year contract with the Renault-owned team.

Fernando Alonso says he won’t “pull a gun” on Alpine F1 team bosses as he pushes for a new two-year contract with Reno belonging to the team.

After returning to F1 last year, the 40-year-old says he is now back at 100 per cent and has no physical difficulties at all to drive modern cars.

“Formula 1 takes so much energy out of you over time,” he told Speed ​​Week Red Bull Ring.

“That was my problem in 2018 – I was just empty mentally and physically. I knew I had to do something else and it was like a reset. I was ready for F1 again.”

The Spaniard and former two-time world champion with Renault is now pushing his Alpine boss for a new contract for both 2023 and 2024.

“That is my intention,” he confirmed. “I feel fresh, motivated and ready for a few more years.

“Alpine is certainly my priority – it’s my family,” Alonso said. “But both sides have to agree, and I’m not going to put a gun to their heads.”

The team boss said Alonso wanted a two-year contract Othmar Schaffnauer laughed, “That’s good to know, and thanks for telling me it’s two years.”

When asked if the pilot and crew were on the same page, he added: “What page? A biennial page?

“We haven’t started talking to Fernando in detail yet, but we will right after (the summer break).”

Alonso confirmed he is “not yet in talks” with Alpine, but believes the team has the potential to cash in on the world championship soon.

“That’s our plan,” he said. “We have advanced further than last year.

“With budget constraints, everyone has the same requirements, so now it’s up to us. We have a great team in England and France and I believe in them.”

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