Alpine has identified Silverstone as the site of the first talks with Fernando Alonso about a potential contract extension with the 40-year-old footballer.

Alpine has identified Silverstone as the arena for the first talks Fernando Alonso about a potential contract extension with a 40-year-old guy.

The former two-time champion, who returned to Formula One last year on a two-year deal after a working holiday, recently said he plans to race for a few more years.

A Spanish friend and comrade Pedro de la Rosa believes that retirement at the end of 2022 for Alonso is very unlikely.

“I would be very surprised,” he told DAZN.

“He’s 40 years old, but physically he’s flawless and he’s doing some of his best races. He’s in shape, he wants to, and I can say that 24 hours a day he only thinks about four wheels.

“Fernando has three or four more years,” added the former Formula One driver.

Whether Alonso will stay at Alpine, however, is a different story RenaultThe working team that belongs is committed to promoting the reigning Formula 2 champion Oscar Piastry.

And Alonso has also been frustrated by a series of poor results lately that he believes were not his fault.

“Of course, it’s very unpleasant,” – the team boss Otmar Schaffnauer told the Spanish newspaper AS, “but he is all right and we all want more, both we and Fernando.

“It’s good that the package works, so you can work hard on the rest.”

According to Schaffnauer, Renault’s new engine is not a problem, as he admits that although “Ferrari is a little ahead of everyone”, Alpine sings well against Honda and Mercedes“.

As for the car, the team from Anstone is determined to progress.

“Because of the defeat, we sometimes have to compromise on low-speed turns to solve high-speed turns,” Schaffnauer admitted.

“There are new pieces for Spain, then two more races and also in the tenth race. It will be a constant stream of events.”

As for whether all this will be enough to get Alonso’s signature under the new contract, it will also be necessary to wait until the tenth race – Great Britain.

“We’ll talk about that from Silverstone,” Schaffnauer said.

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