An F1 seat continues to be vacant in Alpine’s camp. After the large debacle that noticed Oscar Piastri getting snatched by McLaren, the French staff is looking out for a brand new driver. With so many names being thrown up as potential candidates, it is onerous to know who would be the good possibility for the staff.
Otmar Szafnauer and co. had been engulfed in a messy scenario for the longest time. After staff driver and two-time world champion Fernando Alonso introduced a shock transfer to Aston Martin, Szafnauer instantly retained reserve driver Piastri’s providers. He then introduced the Australian as a staff driver with out even informing him.
Lots occurred after these bulletins, leaving Alpine with the final word loss. They’re now left in a pool of issues and are but to slender down on the right driver to companion Esteban Ocon in 2023.
With all this in thoughts, let’s check out the choices the staff will doubtless be contemplating.
Disclaimer: This text is subjective and displays the opinions of the author
Jack Doohan, Pierre Gasly, and three different drivers Alpine might signal for his or her 2023 lineup
1) Daniel Ricciardo
Daniel Ricciardo spent two years with Alpine after he took a shock dropout from Crimson Bull in 2018. In his pursuit to turn out to be a world champion, the Australian positioned his bets on Alpine F1 (then Renault).
The primary yr, Ricciardo might solely handle a P9 with the staff and did not precisely have a profitable or perhaps a podium-finishing automotive. The second yr was barely higher as he secured two podiums. Nonetheless, none of it matched the glory he as soon as had with Crimson Bull. The 33-year-old has since moved to McLaren and isn’t having fun with nice kind.
Alpine will certainly contemplate Ricciardo’s present performances, and it may very well be a 50-50 scenario for the motive force. Nonetheless, there is not any denying that they do have higher choices, regardless of Ricciardo brazenly asserting his willingness to return to the staff.
2) Nyck de Vries
Nyck de Vries shocked the world after securing an excellent factors end in his F1 debut with Williams Racing. The driving force stepped in on the final minute for Alex Albon and nonetheless managed to impress. He outperformed teammate Nicholas Latifi in each the race and qualifying, prompting groups with empty seats to note him.
The previous Formulation 2 and Formulation E champion acts as Mercedes’ reserve driver. He additionally has expertise with new-generation vehicles by way of associations with Aston Martin and Williams. A few groups are doubtless monitoring and contemplating him, together with Alpine.
De Vries at present has an even bigger likelihood of getting picked up by Alpine than Ricciardo.
3) Jack Doohan
Jack Doohan was an F2 frontrunner this yr. It was spectacular to see how rapidly Alpine positioned him within the storage throughout F1 races after shedding out on Piastri.
There isn’t a doubt that Doohan, who completed F2 with 126 factors and a P4, has it in him to be aggressive. He additionally secured two spectacular wins within the type of Spa and Silverstone this yr.
These wins, in addition to his age and academy associations, put him greater on this listing in comparison with the likes of Ricciardo and De Vries. Whereas De Vries has a convincing CV himself, Alpine famously like to speculate time of their academy drivers.
4) Mick Schumacher
This is able to be a dream pairing, contemplating Alpine staff driver Esteban Ocon and Mick Schumacher are shut pals on the F1 grid.
Schumacher is a younger expertise who has put in some outstanding performances for Haas. Nonetheless, this yr has been considerably of a combined expertise for the German as he has had some dismal performances.
Nonetheless, Ocon was at all times there to assist Mick:
“Mick is an efficient buddy of mine to begin with, so if I if I will help on that [move], that’s no downside. However I believe he has proven abilities within the within the junior classes as nicely. He’s been very quick. Generally in Formulation 1, it’s not straightforward to carry out with a automotive that’s a bit on the again foot – I had that after I began in F1.”
This may very well be a win-win scenario for Schumacher, who’s receiving direct assist from Ocon.
Moreover, Schumacher can be youthful than De Vries and Ricciardo. He has a few years forward of him and has some expertise in F1.
5) Pierre Gasly
There isn’t a doubt that the F1 fraternity cherishes Pierre Gasly’s abilities. He’s a beloved driver on the grid and has confirmed himself in AlphaTauri again and again. The Frenchman is a race winner and a podium finisher.