Alpine executive director Marcin Budkowski says Fernando Alonso and Oscar Piastri will not face a “direct comparison” over a Formula 1 seat for the 2023 season.

Formula 2 front-runner Piastri was announced as Alpine’s official reserve driver for next year at the end of last month after failing to land an F1 seat.

Piastri is on course to win the F2 title in his rookie season, sitting 40 points clear of his nearest challenger in the drivers’ standings with two rounds remaining.

The Australian has no other racing plans in place for next year, devoting his full focus to his reserve driver role before targeting a place on the F1 grid in 2023.

Two-time world champion Alonso is out of contract at the end of 2022, but has hinted he could consider singing a new deal beyond next season.

Although Budkowski admits no thought has gone into what would happen to Piastri if Alonso stayed on, he was clear there would be no shootout between both drivers.

“How are we going to make that decision? Well, let’s see next year first,” said Budkowski, as quoted by Motorsport.com.

“If the car is quick and Fernando is happy, then we’ll have one type of discussion. If that’s not the case, then we’ll have a different type of discussion.

“But certainly we have a great talent with Oscar in the wings, and if there’s no seat available at Alpine, I’m sure we’ll find a solution for him to drive a Formula 1 car and stay in the Alpine family.”

Piastri was linked to the second Alfa Romeo seat for next year prior to the team announcing F2 rival Guanyu Zhou as Valtteri Bottas’ team-mate.

An extensive testing programme has been lined up for Piastri by Alpine next season, where he is also expected to complete a series of FP1 sessions over the course of the year.

Budkowski believes Piastri will be a key asset to Alpine in 2022, revealing he would be “extremely involved” with the team as well as continuing his own development.

“Oscar’s announcement, beyond being an announcement as such that he will be a reserve driver, comes with an awful lot of other things,” Budkowski said.

“Oscar is going to be very involved in a development, in the simulator. He’s already doing some of this, but not as much as we’d like because obviously he’s racing in Formula 2, and he still needs to win the championship this year.

“But he’s going to be doing a lot of development work, a lot of simulator work, spending time in the factory [working] very close with the engineers. He’s going to do quite a lot of on-track running as well.”