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Alpine: Signing Gasly is not currently on the cards

There have been rumours linking Pierre Gasly to a future seat at Alpine, but team CEO Laurent Rossi has hinted that securing Esteban Ocon's future is the priority.

Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi has suggested that the team are prioritising securing Esteban Ocon's future rather than pursuing other drivers like Pierre Gasly. Gasly's future beyond 2021 is unclear, with the Frenchman having remained with AlphaTauri since being demoted from the main Red Bull team in 2019. But according to Rossi, the possibility of Gasly joining their outfit is not something they are currently considering. "We're not looking at any drivers for next year," Rossi told RacingNews365.com and other select media. "Because at the moment I'm obviously considering Esteban. "Fernando [Alonso] is here next year with us, so if we want to carry on on the momentum we have, we'll do that. "Pierre is obviously a great driver of value, but at the moment this is not on our cards, I would say." Ocon has had an impressive start to the 2021 F1 season, having often outperformed the more experienced Alonso. This seems to have led to his name being touted as a possible consideration for a future Mercedes seat. Toto Wolff has said that it would be down to Rossi and Ocon to make the first call on Ocon's future before any possibility of a Mercedes switch could be discussed, and Rossi seems keen to keep the Frenchman at his team. "It was very graceful of Toto to say that," Rossi explained. "It's indeed something we're considering. "Esteban is doing everything to make me consider keeping him in the team. I would be remiss if I didn't think about it, so obviously at the moment we are already engaged in some conversations with his agent, his management team, Mercedes at large. "Esteban is a great driver, so I'm happy to have that type of problem, which is not actually."

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