Alpine looks set to keep Ocon for next season
And now, Rossi has played up Esteban Ocon's chances of staying at Alpine next year - and played down Gasly's hopes.
"At the moment I am considering Esteban. Fernando is here next year with us. If we want to carry on with the momentum we have, we will do that.
"Pierre is obviously a great driver of value, but at the moment this is not on the cards," Rossi added.
Indeed, Gasly's French countryman Ocon is currently showing the way to two-time world champion and 39-year-old Spaniard Alonso.
"I'm not surprised by it," said Rossi. "I knew he (Ocon) had a lot of talent, so it shows. I think he is where he should be, which is good."
"We were very grateful when Toto said that," said Rossi. "At the moment, we are already engaged in some conversations with his (Ocon's) agent, his management team, Mercedes at large."
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