Fernando Alonso will extend his contract with Alpine by around two years, renowned Formula 1 writer Joe Saward reports blog. The new contract should be announced next month. The contract between Alonso and Alpine therefore closes the door for Oscar Piastri to the French team.
The reigning Formula 2 champion is of Alpine descent, but could not find a place on the grid this year. That’s why the French are eyeing the Australian for a seat in the 2023 season, but it doesn’t seem as certain as before. In June it seemed certain that Piastri would replace Nicholas Latifi at Williams next year, but the team now appears to have other plans.
“Williams wants his own talent Sargeant, Piastri only wants McLaren”
After all, Williams has been impressed by their young driver Logan Sargeant. The American has recently been in top form in Formula 2. He won the Silverstone and Red Bull Ring feature races and was the top-three finisher in the championship. Williams team principal Jost Capito recently hinted that Florida-born Sargeant will soon be behind the wheel of an F1 car.
According to Saward, Piastri is not interested in Williams’ seat. The 21-year-old would prefer to see himself driving for McLaren. Daniel Ricciardo would have to be fired first, but that is not the truth at all. Saward suspects that this could spell trouble for the 33-year-old’s contract, because he says there is no performance clause in Ricciardo’s contract.
McLaren has put forward IndyCar options with Piastri, Schumacher to replace Vettel
McLaren has more options than Piastri. For example, the team from Woking, England has started a test program with IndyCar talent Colton Herta, has another great IndyCar talent in Patricio O’Ward and in addition they have signed IndyCar champion Alex Palou for 2023. It is not yet known. in which class the Spaniard will compete.
In that sense, Piastri’s chance of an F1 seat is decreasing rapidly, while the future of Sebastian Vettel is also unknown. Rumors have been circulating for some time that the four-time world champion will retire at the end of this year. This is still uncertain, but Saward already knows who is in the picture to replace the Aston Martin driver: Vettel’s compatriot and current Haas driver Mick Schumacher.
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