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Several months ago, Oscar Piastri stunned the motorsports world by announcing he would not drive for Alpine in 2023 despite being their reserve driver and in their driving academy. He rejected Alpine’s announcement of him being their driver for 2023, eventually signing with McLaren.
On Saturday before Japanese Grand Prix qualifying, Alpine finally announced their replacement for Fernando Alonso alongside Esteban Ocon for the 2023 season, French driver Pierre Gasly. He has signed a multi-year contract with the team.
BWT Alpine F1 Team: Liked by @PierreGasly 💙 pic.twitter.com/8DgNUpGJAE
— BWT Alpine F1 Team (@AlpineF1Team) October 8, 2022
“I am delighted to join the Alpine family and begin this new chapter in my Formula 1 career,” Gasly said. “Driving for a team that has French roots is something very special. I know the strengths of Alpine having raced against them over the past couple of years and, clearly, their progress and ambition is very impressive.”
I’d like to thank RedBull, Honda, and Scuderia AlphaTauri for the last amazing 9 years we’ve had together.
Let’s keep doing our maximum and enjoy those last five races together.
— PIERRE GASLY 🇫🇷 (@PierreGASLY) October 8, 2022
“I’m very happy that Pierre will be joining the team for 2023 and beyond,” Alpine Team Principal Otmar Szafnauer said. “He is already a proven talent within Formula 1, and we are looking forward to harnessing that within the team. Our team has several objectives for the coming seasons and I firmly believe our driver line-up is a great reflection of the team’s high ambitions.”
We were just two little kids from Normandy with an impossible dream. Welcome to the Alpine family Pierrot, let’s make our team and our country proud 🇫🇷
On était juste deux gosses en Normandie avec un rêve qui semblait impossible.🇫🇷 Bienvenue dans l’équipe Pierrot. @AlpineF1Team pic.twitter.com/3hGFDDNjKY
— Esteban Ocon (@OconEsteban) October 8, 2022
Ocon and Gasly being teammates will allow Alpine to have two younger drivers that the team can build around in this new cap era in F1. However, the two have feuded in the past with a childhood rivalry in karting along with several on-track incidents. Time will tell if the two’s relationship will show improvement, or the competition between the two teammates will cause the two F1 French drivers to grow further apart.
“We are proud to present an all-French driver line-up from 2023,” Renault Group CEO Luca de Meo said. “Our roots are in France, and Alpine was born in Normandy, so this is a serendipity of sorts. Both will drive the team and the Group forward and, I hope, we can become a symbol of pride for France.”
With Gasly leaving AlphaTauri at the end of the season for Alpine, there was a vacant seat with the Honda team alongside Yuki Tsunoda.
From the perspective of the F1 community, the vacancy lasted for a few minutes before AlphaTauri announced that Williams Racing and Dutch driver Nyck de Vries will drive for the team in 2023.
welcome to the team, @nyckdevries! 🇳🇱 ✌️ the Dutchman will replace the outbound @pierregasly for 2023!
full story 👉 https://t.co/9ZN4YEvE2j pic.twitter.com/8CatkkUWja
— Scuderia AlphaTauri (@AlphaTauriF1) October 8, 2022
The Dutchman has seen his fair share of opportunities in F1 this season. de Vries has driven in FP1 for Williams, Mercedes and Aston Martin this season. However, due to appendicitis surgery by Alexander Albon at Monza, de Vries had to fill in on short notice. He made it to Q2 and with a massive amount of penalties on the grid, de Vries started in the top 10 and after a phenomenal drive, scored two points with a ninth-place finish.
“Now, we are pleased to start a new chapter with Nyck, who’s very much welcome at Scuderia AlphaTauri,” He is a very high skilled driver, as he won in all the categories he competed in, with many races and championships under his belt. I am looking forward to seeing him in our car and I’m confident that with Yuki and Nyck we will have a very strong driver line up for 2023.”
The 27-year old Dutchman has shown his talent this season in his journey with three different teams. He won the 2020-21 Formula E championship with Mercedes-EQ. He’ll race alongside Tsunoda, who will be thrust into a leadership role after being a rookie last year. Tsunoda has 11 points this season.
On Sunday, the F1 season continues with the Japanese Grand Prix at 1:00 a.m. EST.