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Alpine F1 Team

Alpine considering 14 drivers to replace Alonso

With Fernando Alonso and Oscar Piastri both turning their backs on Alpine, the French squad are casting the net wide as they evaluate potential replacements.

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Alpine have drawn up a longlist of as many as 14 drivers to replace Fernando Alonso at the team in 2023.

Alonso surprised many in the F1 paddock last month when it was announced that he would leave Alpine to drive for Aston Martin from next year.

Alpine swiftly moved to promote reserve driver Oscar Piastri in Alonso's stead, but the Australian then revealed that he would not be driving for the French squad, having instead agreed a deal to drive for McLaren.

Instead, recent rumours have suggested that Pierre Gasly will move from AlphaTauri to partner Esteban Ocon in an all-French driver lineup at Alpine next year – though such a transfer appears contingent on AlphaTauri's parent organisation Red Bull finding a suitable replacement for Gasly.

Mick Schumacher and Daniel Ricciardo have also been linked with a seat at the Enstone squad, and Team Principal Otmar Szafnauer has confirmed that as many as 14 drivers are in contention for the drive.

"We just want to understand all those that are available," Szafnauer told Sky F1.

"We've got a long list. I've mentioned 14 before and it's about right.

"Now we've got to whittle that down to three or four and then look at all those and see which one’s the best fit."

Alpine keen to move on from Alonso/Piastri debacle

Alpine have come in for criticism for the manner in which they let both Alonso and Piastri slip through their fingers for 2022.

But rather than dwell on any misfortune or mismanagement, Szafnauer is keen to learn from the episode and move on.

"I think the right thing is we have to have a retrospective look as in what we can do better, learn from it, and we will do that in the future," he said.

"But secondarily it opens up a seat now, probably the best seat open in F1. Now we've got to do a job in finding the right driver."

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