Alpine’s Fernando Alonso is loving the drama he has kickstarted in Components 1, evidenced by the good time he’s having in Spain for the time being.
In bombshell information on Monday morning, Aston Martin introduced that they’d signed the Spaniard from Alpine to interchange the retiring Sebastian Vettel, however the 41-year-old had advised Alpine boss Otmar Szafnauer that he was not going anyplace.
The Romanian-American affirmed that the double world champion had advised him “no” when he requested if he had signed for anybody else for subsequent 12 months – being that his present contract expires on the finish of this season.
Due to this fact, Szafnauer solely found by way of his former crew’s press launch that the Spaniard had signed with them.
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Szafnauer was additionally beneath the impression that Alonso was on a ship within the Greek Islands, however he posted an image of himself karting at his museum in Oviedo on his Instagram story, earlier than posting a video of himself strolling round his house city.
Some may say the smile on his face was a sign of his full consciousness that he has began absolute chaos within the Components 1 world, as a result of Alpine, because the announcement of Alonso’s departure, have been concerned in additional drama.
They introduced that their reserve driver, Oscar Piastri, could be racing for them in 2023, however Piastri took to Twitter to substantiate that they’d finished so with out his consent, stating that he is not going to be driving for Alpine subsequent 12 months.
This may recommend that his supervisor, former F1 driver Mark Webber, has received him a deal at McLaren amid continued hypothesis there.
This is able to additional confuse the Woking-based crew’s programme, as a result of they’re planning so as to add Alex Palou to their roster subsequent season as nicely.
Palou is at present concerned in a authorized dispute with Chip Ganassi over becoming a member of McLaren’s IndyCar crew subsequent 12 months, and that deal would contain him receiving time in an F1 automotive, in addition to a possibility to compete within the pinnacle of motorsport.
The Spaniard had acknowledged that that is his intention, however Daniel Ricciardo has a contract till the top of subsequent season, whereas CEO Zak Brown can be scouting Andretti racer Colton Herta.
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Each Herta and McLaren’s present IndyCar driver – Patricio O’Ward – have examined the F1 automotive within the final 12 months, so add in Piastri, and the British aspect could be at risk of getting extra drivers than they know what to do with.
Alpine seem to imagine that they’ve a contractual settlement with Piastri for him to race with them subsequent season, so this shall be a busy summer time for F1.