Australian motorsport is in a robust place to safe a System 1 seat with Alpine in 2023 following the sudden departure of younger gun Oscar Piastri Fernando Alonso.
Alonso, 41, will go away for Aston Martin subsequent season on a multi-year deal, changing four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel.
Aston Martin – which returned to F1 in 2021 after a 61-year absence – has described the transfer as “a transparent assertion of intent”.
The veteran Spaniard’s exit now opens the door for Melbourne-born racing prodigy Piastri to associate with Frenchman Esteban Ocon at Alpine in 2023.
As Alpine’s present reserve driver, Piastri – which is managed by former Australian F1 driver Mark Webber – is already built-in with the Renault-owned F1 group and is the most certainly candidate to fill the vacant seat.
A mortgage to Williams has been mentioned earlier than, however with Alonso’s departure Piastri is in prime place to safe considered one of 20 coveted spots on the grid.
If he wins the seat for the next yr, he’ll turn into the primary Australian driver to make his F1 debut, as present McLaren driver Daniel Ricciardo competed within the 2011 British Grand Prix.
Alpine has but to verify its full driver line-up for the upcoming season.
We sit up for ending the rest of the 2022 season with Fernando within the blue, and we are going to proceed to push for the utmost till the final lap in November.
The group will announce its driver line-up for the 2023 System 1 season in the end.
— BWT Alpine F1 Group (@AlpineF1Team) 1 August 2022
Piastri, 21, was arguably unfortunate to not declare a spot on the 2022 grid, having gained the System 2 Drivers’ Championship final yr.
He additionally gained System 3 in 2020 after his success on the System Renault Eurocup.
Zhou Guanyue completed third in the identical F2 season as Piastri, however was capable of safe a seat with Alfa Romeo as driver for the present F1 season.
With but one race to attend, Piastri has test-driven the Alpine F1 automobile on a number of events.