The Alpine team will organize a private test at the Hungaroring next week to help select a full-time driver for next year’s World Cup campaign.
The stable from Enstone, due to the decision of Fernando Alonso and the confusion regarding Oscar Piastri, found itself in a dilemma in terms of completing the line-up for the 2023 season.
During the race weekend in Italy, there was news in the circuit that the team before the Singapore GP intends to go to Hungary, where there will be a test session for selected riders who want to replace the two-time world champion.
So far, the list of candidates has three names – Jack Doohan, Nyck de Vries and Colton Herta. On Thursday, former Alfa Romeo representative, Antonio Giovinazzi, joined this group.
According to local service sources – Formula.hu – the whole event will take place next week and will last for three days, starting from Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. In the published report, we can also read that last year’s A521 model will be available for drivers.
The current recommendations clearly show that after a great and unexpected performance in Monza, it is Nyck de Vries who is the most serious option for the French. Alpine junior Jack Doohan, who is currently fourth in the F2 championship, will also be in the top spot.
In recent weeks, however, the most talked about Colton Hert, who was strongly tested on the seat of AlphaTauri, although the problem in this case was the issue of not having the marks to get the best license. The obstacle described may be insurmountable, as recent reports indicate that the FIA will not issue the appropriate document to the American in special circumstances, considering an event of great force, i.e. a disaster.
Interestingly, Sebastian Vettel and Mick Schumacher could join the group mentioned above, who after leaving the Ferrari Academy cannot be sure of keeping his place at Haas.
Ultimately, however, none of the Germans will participate in the closed games at the Hungaroring, although the four-time world champion during the last round had serious talks with the Alpine management. A large part of the community almost immediately realized that during the previous meetings, Seb had to influence the engagement of Mick Schumacher, who – as we know – has a very good relationship.
The Hungarian publication, however, reports that the talk was actually about Vettel joining Esteban Ocon, rather than retiring from the sport.
Meanwhile, McLaren is running its test program at the track near Barcelona, testing the capabilities of Pato O’Ward and Alex Palou in the MCL35M.