Alpine has a driver headache, with Fernando Alonso, Esteban Ocon and Oscar Piastri looking to secure F1 seats for 2023.
Ocon already has a contract that protects his position for the foreseeable future, but his two-time champion teammate does not have this luxury.
Alonso's performances this year have been strong, but this has not reflected in the standings, as the Spaniard sits on just 4 points this season.
However, by the time Alpine begin contract negotiations at the British GP, Alonso will have likely rectified his current points situation. This will make Alpine's decision about balancing their short-term and long-term objectives, rather than anything performance-related.
Luca de Meo, Renault CEO, gave his thoughts to DAZN's Spanish branch:
"We love Fernando very much. We are going to have to find a solution for everyone, because we also have Esteban [Oocn] and Oscar [Piastri] who are very good, and we want to protect our drivers. I think the job Fernando has done and is doing is incredible."
Oscar Piastri's junior career is second to none, and Alpine's Otmar Szafnauer has made clear that the objective is to prevent Piastri from spending another year on the sidelines.
Still, Alonso's history with the team, raw pace, experience, and importance as a sponsorship asset (Alonso signed a personal sponsorship deal with Alpine's Castrol) will make this a difficult decision for Alpine.
It must be remembered that Alpine is a car brand whose primary intention is to increase sales.
On this front, Alonso has been invaluable for the team, as Alpine has seen tremendous sales growth over the past two seasons, particularly in Spain.
However, Piastri will be uninterested in Alonso's commercial value and will be pushing to replace the 32-time race winner at Alpine next season.
Williams is still an option for Piastri, but should that door close, Alpine will be forced to make a tough decision.