Aston Martin Team Principal Mike Krack has asserted that he is eager to retain Fernando Alonso beyond next year's Formula 1 campaign.
Alonso signed a two-year deal with Aston Martin after he departed Alpine and enjoyed a strong maiden season with the Silverstone-based squad, scoring eight podiums.
The Spaniard will return to the driver line-up next year alongside Lance Stroll for his 21st season in F1.
Despite being the oldest driver on the grid, Alonso is still rated as one of the strongest drivers on the grid and produced a series of impressive drives during his first year at Aston Martin.
The team previously asserted that it has no concerns over Alonso's age, who will be 43 at the end of next season.
When asked by media including RacingNews365.com if there is a desire to extend Alonso's contract, Krack stated: “I think I don’t have to answer that question. Absolutely yes!”
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Krack impressed by team player Alonso
Alonso ended the season in fourth place, his highest Drivers' Championship result since the 2013 campaign.
At the end of their first term together, Krack highlighted the impact that Alonso has had on the squad.
“As a team, we were blown away from the first day – until today actually,” krack said.
“To be honest with you, I always thought it was a bit honeymoon months in the beginning but I’m quite happy that we have managed to extend the honeymoon.
“I think we have received a remarkable team player, constructive at all times, especially when it was difficult.
“When the car was competitive – or, more competitive – it’s obviously easier to be constructive but the true qualities came out, and let’s take Mexico example, that both drivers, it would have been easy to take the microphones and slam the team, go against the team, and it would probably have been deserved.
“I think the true qualities of the team-playing character of both drivers came out in that time.
“And, for me, that is one of the highlights of the season, as a team, that we managed to stick together in that time.”