Alpine’s desire to keep Alonso for at least one more year of the contract is what convinced Oscar Piastri and his manager, former F1 driver, Mark Webber to look for other options.
McLaren is Alpine’s direct rival for fourth in this year’s constructors’ championship battle. Currently, the team has Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris under contract to race till the next season.
However, after Piastri’s tweet and coupled with the fact that Ricciardo’s association with McLaren hasn’t panned out very successfully. The fight for a seat in the orange MCL36 is now all the more evident.
Daniel Ricciardo does hold certain exit clauses on his side to terminate his contract with McLaren prematurely. And if that happens, then we might see him go back to Alpine, where he raced in 2019 and 2020 when the team was called Renault.
After losing out on a two-time world champion and a driver, who many see as the future world champion – Alpine faces quite the loss. Especially, SINCE the French team has made significant investments in Piastri’s career, including a 5,000 km testing programme of F1 machinery.