https://www.planetf1.com/news/fernando- ... ne-option/“He is doing great,” Rossi told BBC Sport in an exclusive interview.
“He is as fast as ever. He is certainly extracting the most out of the car.
“The car is not incredibly fast and he still manages to get some super-hot laps and qualify the car very well. So far, so good.”
Asked whether Alonso would stay for 2022, Rossi said: “He is doing everything for me to consider exercising this [contractual] option.”
Rossi explained that he has also been impressed with Alonso’s attitude, adamant that unlike comments made in the past by others, he finds it “incredibly easy to work with him.
“It has been six months, and I don’t recognise the Fernando that people describe.
“We both expect the same thing from the team. Always challenging any decision, any status quo, to systematically take things a notch up: ‘It is never enough. Getting a point is not good. Getting two points is not good. Finishing second, when it happens, is not good enough. Finishing first – we need to keep being first.’ I like this attitude.
“It is challenging everyone all the time but very respectfully. And he can do it because he has proven himself so it is not like he wants to deflect responsibility.”
But beyond 2022 has yet to even be considered.
Little surprised it wasnt a driver option considering hes still highly paid.