Fernando Alonso rejoined the F1 grid in 2021 with Alpine after a 2-year hiatus from the sport. The former World champion left the sport in 2018 after his torrid spell with McLaren ended. The Spaniard rejoined the French outfit on a 2-year deal until the end of the 2022 season.
Fernando has regained his lost mojo and along with Esteban Ocon, the duo have secured podiums with Ocon claiming the first win for the team in the 2021 Hungarian GP. In the 2021 Qatar Grand Prix, Alonso secured a 3rd place finish and first podium in 7 years.
Fernando Alonso is all set to extend his contract with Alpine with the paperwork being conducted between the two parties. This leaves the current F2 champion and Alpine reserve driver, Oscar Piastri in limbo.F1 journalist Joe Saward says as the current F2 champion could head either to Williams or Haas on a loan potentially replacing Mick Schumacher.
Alpine to let Oscar Piastri sign for Williams or Haas in 2023
With Fernando Alonso on the verge of extending his stay with Alpine, Oscar Piastri might not get the F1 seat anytime soon. Alpine has considered loaning the Australian who is a product of their driver academy. Williams has appeared as a favourite team as the team wishes to swap Nicholas Latifi with the Aussie. But another team that could be vying for Piastri would be Haas and it could be a potential replacement for Mick Schumacher.
Joe Saward wrote about the Alonso-Piastri situation in Alpine stating, “All the signs in the paddock are that Fernando will soon sign a new two-year deal with Alpine, which will mean that he stays until the end of 2024. But with Oscar Piastri sitting uncomfortably in the wings, Fernando needs not only to perform but also to get support.”
He summed up Mick’s situation as, “He now needs to prove that he can play at the big table. The only way he can do that is to beat Kevin – and Magnussen has still some more preparation to do before he gets fully up the speed, as he jumped into the seat at the last minute and was not really fit enough. If Kevin shows Mick the way around this year, Ferrari might give up the dream of “Schumacher II – The Sequel” and look for a new idea.”
Mick was looking to graduate into the role of a Ferrari F1 driver but with Carlos Sainz extending his contract till 2024, there seems to be no opening in the Scuderia. The German is yet to score his first points in F1 and until he establishes his level, Ferrari would not be calling his services anytime soon.