Fernando Alonso has made clear that he intends to continue racing in Formula 1 for a few more years, speaking to DAZN about his future ahead of Friday Practice:
"As I said in Monaco, I'm going to wait until the summer break until I start making those decisions [for the future].
There hasn't been any update, I have not spoken with anyone yet, and nothing has happened.
My intention is to continue for a few more years because I feel good, but in the summer, I'll begin talks."
Rumours have consistently followed the Spaniard regarding his future since his contract with Alpine expires at the end of 2022.
Age is the criticism most frequently thrown Alonso's way, with some suggesting that the Double World Champion should step aside and let younger talent take his seat.
F1 is not a merry-go-round, however. It is a competition, not a charity. Alonso's performances continue to impress despite his age, and he shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon.
Alpine is the most obvious route for the Spaniard to continue in F1, and with reports suggesting that Piastri is going to switch to Williams for 2023, it seems the Alpine seat will be there should he want it.
Alonso might require some negotiation to secure a multi-year deal, which will surely be his intention, given his very public declarations about wanting to continue for more than one season.
F1's driver market continues to take shape, and it seems Alonso will wait until the summer before committing himself for 2023.