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This season, Alpine has been at the heart of driver market discussion, with Fernando Alonso's future still undecided. 

The Spaniard's contract runs out at the end of this season. 

Since joining the French outfit in 2021, there has been near constant discussion regarding how long Alonso will continue in F1. 

His performance in 2021 was impressive, getting the better of teammate Esteban Ocon whilst also re-acclimatising.

Alonso's start to 2022 has been a story of solid performances but weak results, taking just two points this season.

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A contribution of bad luck, reliability issues and - most recently - driver error has led to this. 

Still, it would not be unreasonable to suggest that Alonso will outscore his French teammate throughout the season, and the double world champion has made clear his intentions to continue in F1.

Despite Alonso's insistence he wants to continue, Oscar Piastri still poses a significant threat, as Alpine will be unwilling to let such a promising talent spend another year on the sidelines. 

The situation at Williams might impact this, but the Australian will no doubt be eyeing a seat with the team that supported him throughout his junior career. 

Regardless of this, Otmar Szafnauer has made clear the British GP will be the time for discussion and negotiation. 

Historically, the summer break has been when contracts are decided and finalised. Given the timeframe set by the Alpine Team Principal, the next few rounds will see rumours and speculation intensify regarding the 2023 grid.