This year, Alonso is riding a six-race scoring streak, to go with a season-best P4 finish at the Hungarian Grand Prix. The way he defended against Lewis Hamilton late in the race is actually what helped his teammate grab Alpine’s first win following its rebranding. Alonso is currently eleventh in the 2021 Driver Standings with 38 points, just one point shy of Ocon.
“I’m very happy to confirm the contract extension with Alpine F1 Team into 2022. I felt at home the moment I returned to this team and have been welcomed back with open arms. […] We’re targeting more positive memories for the rest of this season but also crucially from next year onwards with the new regulation changes coming into Formula 1. I have been a big supporter of the need for a level playing field and change in the sport and the 2022 season will be a great opportunity for that,” said the Spaniard.
As for how the rest of this season will play out, my money is on Alonso outscoring his teammate in terms of points, but in order to finish P9 or P8 in the standings, he’ll likely have to outmaneuver McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo and Alphatauri’s Pierre Gasly, which won’t be easy.