Fernando Alonso might remain in Formula 1 even after the 2022 season should Alpine be very competitive.
The Spaniard already signed a new contract with the team for next year, and even though he will be 41 at the end of the next campaign, he does not rule out staying in the pinnacle of motorsport for another year.
He believes that age is just a number and that if the team and himself can keep improving, there is no reason to leave.
“Hopefully next year we have a package that we can fight for competitive positions, a step better than this year,” he said. “That’s the target.
“We had some expectations this year, after the three podiums of Renault last year, that we could fight for three or four podiums in the season. But we didn’t find that, probably.
“I think Ferrari did improve a lot. AlphaTauri did improve, McLaren a step forward with a Mercedes engine. So we find ourselves that we are fighting just between eighth and 12th positions this year. So we want to improve this next year, that will be the first target. So that will encourage me probably to continue after that.
“And on my side, I need to keep improving. As I said many times, I’m not 100 percent yet, probably, and there are days that show that I still need to improve in some areas.
“Next year, if I see some progress for myself and I keep improving and I keep enjoying, why not keep racing?”
To conclude, Alonso admitted that if he will not be able to perform well after the next season, he would probably stop racing in F1.
“If I see that I’m not up to speed or not doing a good job I will be the first one to raise my hand and say, you know, maybe a new face will be better for the team,” he claimed.
“But I hope not. I hope that I can raise my hand and say that I’m ready for the challenge in 2023.”