Alpine open to choosing Piastri over Alonso – “We can find a solution for him”

Alpine is open to choosing Oscar Piastri over Fernando Alonso, and suggested that no driver was irreplaceable.

Piastri signed a three-year deal with Alpine that will keep him with the French outfit till 2024. However, the Spaniard will be there till 2022, and has made it clear that he will stay in F1 only if he is enjoying himself.

As a result, Alpine has to look to the future at some point. The Australian would offer the perfect blend of youth and maturity. He will be the reserve driver of the team for 2022, and will be learning many new things next season.

However, replacing a driver like the two-time champion is a huge gamble. It thus comes as a surprise that Alpine is open to choosing Piastri over Alonso.

As quoted by Planet F1, when asked about a potential Piastri vs Alonso choice, Marcin Budkowski said, “It’s a good question but it’s not about a direct comparison.

“Oscar’s announcement, beyond being an announcement as such, if you want, that he will be our reserve driver, comes with an awful lot of other things, if you want.

“Oscar will be very involved in the simulator and he is already doing some of this, but not as much as we’d like because obviously he is racing in Formula 2 and he still needs to win that championship this year.

Alpine junior driver Oscar Piastri. Qatar November 2021.
Alpine has some big decisions to make in the future. Source:

“But he will be doing a lot of development work, a lot of simulator work, spending time in the factory, very close with the engineers, he will be doing quite a lot of track running as well.”

Let us see

“To come back to your question, how are we going to make that decision, well, let’s see next year first,” he continued.

“If the car is quick and Fernando is happy, then we will have one type of discussion. If that’s not the case then we will have a different type of discussion.

“But certainly we have a great talent with Oscar in the wings and if there is no seat available at Alpine, I’m sure we will find a solution for him to drive a Formula 1 car and stay in the Alpine family,” he concluded.

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