What Alonso’s Aston Martin swap means for the 2023 F1 grid

With greater than half a yr to go till the beginning of the 2023 Components 1 season, there are nonetheless six seats to be crammed after Fernando Alonso’s announcement at Aston Martin, with probably the most coveted cockpit ‘open’ at Alpine.

‘Open’ is in inverted commas right here, as a result of the truth that Oscar Piastri might be there may be an open secret after Alonso’s departure.

The retirement of Sebastian Vettel from Components 1 sparked the seat race, however simply as shortly because the market was thrown open, Aston Martin closed it once more by confirming Alonso. All of the sudden, way more turns into clear.

Nyck de Vries’ probabilities of discovering an F1 seat appear to have been dashed. He was talked about as a candidate at Aston Martin, however that emptiness was solely open for 4 days.

Realistically, there may be nowhere else he can go. Perhaps Williams? Nicholas Latifi’s place there appears to be underneath risk, however then again his sponsorship {dollars} would nonetheless be welcome there.

The checklist of potential names on the iconic workforce may be very lengthy anyway. Alex Albon is performing nicely and they’ll most likely wish to preserve him.

Will the driving force market explode one final time?

Elsewhere, AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda is beginning to make some errors once more after a great begin to the season.

Ought to Crimson Bull resolve to not proceed with the Japanese driver, there could also be a promotion alternative for Albon, though there are many Crimson Bull juniors within the Components 2 ranks able to make the swap too.

One other key driver is Mick Schumacher. He has instantly began to carry out at Haas F1, making it appear extra apparent that the American outfit will wish to maintain on to him. A lot, nonetheless, depends upon what Ferrari needs with him.

Whether it is judged that Schumacher is an efficient match there, he’ll keep. The ‘higher-up’ alternative lies on paper at Alfa Romeo, however the truth is Zhou Guanyu is doing the whole lot anticipated from a rookie there. A contract extension appears apparent.

Within the overview under, all confirmed drivers are listed per workforce. Alongside the identify of Daniel Ricciardo there may be an asterisk. He has a contract for 2023, however reportedly each events can get out of it underneath sure circumstances.

The Australian’s efficiency has not been solely passable to McLaren, so a emptiness might change into obtainable there. That might make the driving force market explode as soon as once more.

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