(Motorsport-Total.com) – The future of two-time Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso is still unclear. The Spaniard’s contract with Alpine expires at the end of the season. At nearly 41 years old, Alonso is clearly closer to the start of his career, but his performances continue to speak volumes. He himself plans to continue driving in the premier class for another two years.
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Fernando Alonso at the FIA press conference at Silverstone
However, Alpine junior Oscar Piastri, who has won both Formula 3 and Formula 2 outright in the last two years, is in the starting blocks. Formula 1 experts agree that Alpine should stick with Alonso despite the Australian’s immense potential.
“He doesn’t want to give up,” Sky expert Damon Hill said of Alonso. “He’s got everything you can ask for and if you give him a car to fight for the championship, I think he’ll get it even at 41.”
“I don’t see his enthusiasm going down. He’s incredible,” enthuses Hill. Asked if Alonso should be replaced by the much younger Piastre, who has no Formula 1 experience, he says: “I wouldn’t do it.”
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His Sky counterpart Karun Chandok sees it the same way: “I don’t think Fernando can be thrown out. He’s doing well at the moment. You’d be a fool if you want to get rid of him.”
“I mean, let’s look at the last two races. He absolutely delivered, didn’t he? The guy is 41 years old and has the energy of a 21-year-old. It’s so incredibly impressive,” enthuses Chandok. Alonso.
“Unfortunately for Oscar, I don’t see why Alpine wants to get rid of Fernando now. Of the two drivers, Fernando is not the one under pressure at the moment,” said the ski expert.
Mark Surer: Alonso’s talent was recognized early on
Mark Surer hits one Video on the Formel1.de YouTube channel In the same vein: “I wonder where he gets this motivation from. It’s crazy, what a commitment. It’s great to see him fight every race.”
“I’ve known Fernando Alonso for a long time because I live in Spain. I was also friends with Adrien Campos, who lives far away from me, who encouraged him.”
“And I still remember, the kart driver who spoke to me first at the kart track, he said: ‘Forget Luis Perasala and de la Rosa. There’s a kart driver, but he’s going into Formula 1. He’s far superior to all of us, he’s Formula 1. 1 to go.
Surer: How long will Alonso’s power last?
“I’ve known him all the way through. And because he’s unhappy with Honda and the whole theater, this disruption is undeserved.”
“Now that he’s back and has this energy, I mean, he’s almost 41 years old, it’s crazy. The question is how long can he keep this energy, because it’s really taking on substance,” says Surer.
“The energy he uses, he needs more energy than a Leclerc or a Max Verstappen. So I think it will be used at some point. So when I look at him I ask myself: ‘How long is he there? Does he still have that energy?”
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Surer still expects Alonso to continue driving in the Alpine, even if he may not be able to realize his dream of a third Formula 1 title there: “From him, yes. Whether the team has other plans is another story.”
“But if they get rid of him, Alpine is making a mistake and he will be making a mistake changing teams because he doesn’t get Mercedes or Red Bull. So stay where you are.”
“The question is simple, what would be the alternative? Aston Martin could be one, but do you have hope? He knows the Alpine team very well now, because they are still his old race, at least in part. So I think so. He will go back to a new team on Alpine. He has faith,” the Swiss study said.
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“I don’t think a top team will give him another chance because the days are counting down. A racer slows down after 35. It might be a hundred, but that’s the way it is, he’s always one. Loses a little bit of speed.”
“But Alonso makes up for it with his commitment and his experience in setting up the car properly. Ocon looks very pale against him, to be clear. And if Alpine wants to change a driver, they really need to change Ocon. It’s a big mistake for Alonso to go,” said Surer.