Aston Martin’s Monday morning announcement got here out of the blue as they revealed that two-time F1 champion Fernando Alonso will accomplice Lance Stroll for 2023.
A stunning choice on the floor however with Vettel’s retirement being introduced forward of the Hungarian Grand Prix, Aston Martin and Lawrence Stroll had been at all times going to be eager to make an announcement, and the signing of Alonso does that.
You may argue that it’s a wierd choice from Alonso given Alpine is at present fourth within the constructors’ championship and stays simply considered one of 4 works groups on the grid alongside Mercedes, Ferrari and Crimson Bull.
Nevertheless, Alonso stays on the peak of his powers and with Alpine understood to be solely providing the Spaniard a one-year deal – probably a stop-gap for Oscar Piastri – a multi-year contract with Aston Martin was at all times going to be extra interesting.
Alonso’s transfer does have additional repercussions on the motive force market with a number of seats nonetheless up for grabs.
Alonso’s swap to Aston Martin paves the way in which for reigning F2 champion Piastri to make his debut with the French workforce in 2023.
After back-to-back title-winning campaigns, Piastri was compelled to take a seat this 12 months on the sidelines.
In comparison with the likes of George Russell and Charles Leclerc, who each gained the F2 and F3 titles earlier than making the bounce to F1, Alpine are pinning their hopes on Piastri.
Within the short-term, Alpine are taking a step backwards with their driver line-up as dropping a driver of Alonso’s calibre may have a direct affect by way of competitiveness.
Nevertheless, if Piastri lives as much as expectations then Alpine have a celebrity on their arms for a few years to return.
Piastri’s possible promotion removes one potential candidate for Williams subsequent 12 months.
The Alpine junior has been continually linked with a transfer to Williams for 2023. There have been even recommendations that Piastri would change Nicholas Latifi mid-season as a result of Canadian’s poor kind.
Williams might want to look elsewhere as they seek for a brand new teammate for Alex Albon, who hasn’t been formally confirmed but.
Logan Sargeant, who’s a part of Williams’ academy, is a possible choice however might want to end the F2 season strongly to acquire the required quantity of tremendous licence factors.
Reigning Formulation E champion Nyck de Vries is one other potential candidate and was tipped to hitch the workforce earlier than Albon obtained the drive.
Haas are nonetheless but to announce Kevin Magnussen’s teammate for 2023, however with Alonso’s transfer to Aston Martin now confirmed, Mick Schumacher’s future is evident.
The German was hotly-tipped to interchange Vettel at Aston Martin, with the four-time champion even recommending him to proprietor Lawrence Stroll.
After a tricky begin to the 12 months, Schumacher has discovered his ft with a few factors finishes and robust drives.
Schumacher remaining with Haas seems to be very possible now.
With a bunch of Crimson Bull juniors underperforming in F2, Yuki Tsunoda is predicted to stay with AlphaTauri for an additional season.
Tsunoda has proven indicators of enchancment in 2022, significantly in qualifying relative to teammate Pierre Gasly.
The Japanese driver seems to be to be protected for now.
It’s an identical story at Alfa Romeo with Frederic Vasseur expressing his need to maintain Zhou Guanyu alongside Valtteri Bottas.
Whereas Zhou’s factors tally is minimal, his improved kind coincided with Alfa Romeo’s downturn in efficiency relative to the midfield.
As of late, Zhou has been an in depth match for Bottas, even out-qualifying him on three events (twice within the moist).
Sauber junior Theo Pourchaire hasn’t delivered this season, and even when he can topple Felipe Drugovich within the closing 4 rounds, a season on the sidelines – like Piastri – appears possible.