Fernando Alonso's future in F1 still remains uncertain as Alpine continues to evaluate if the Spaniard will continue with the team next season.
Alpine junior Oscar Piastri is expected to compete in Formula 1 next season, with Otmar Szafnauer voicing his belief that the Australian is at the level required to make the step up.
Fernando Alonso's performances this season have been consistently impressive, with various reliability issues throughout the year preventing him from maximising points.
The Double World Champion has shown no signs of slowing down despite his age and does not believe he is blocking young talent from entering the sport, as he told nos.nl:
"I see that differently. Motorsport revolves around the stopwatch. The key question is: are you still fast enough, and can you achieve it?
"If you are slow and perform poorly, then you block the way for up-and-coming talents. Then you have to make way. I'm still fast. It's other drivers who lock the door to fresh blood."
Whilst Alonso's pace and ability cannot be questioned, Alpine team principal Otmar Szafnauer has revealed little about the French squad's ideal driver lineup for 2023.
Alonso has made clear he intends to begin contract negotiations in the summer break (after the Hungarian GP), so August will prove an essential month for his future in the sport.