Four drivers will hop in last year’s Alpine at a test at the Hungaroring this month, in a bid to race alongside Esteban Ocon in 2023. Who’d have thought a seat at Alpine could cause SO MUCH DRAMA?!
After the CHAOS that was the 2022 F1 summer break, multiple drivers are now in contention for the vacant seat at Alpine.
As the only driver on this list who has competed in multiple GPs, Giovinazzi’s chances of an F1 return are looking pretty good right now. The Italian’s F1 contract with Alfa Romeo ran out at the end of 2021, with the team choosing to replace him with rookie Zhou Guanyu.
Gio was linked with a move to Haas (even stepping in for an FP1 session at Monza and doing the same at COTA) – but, with other names also in the frame, it can’t hurt to look elsewhere!
After the whole Piastri drama, you’d think Alpine would be wary of up-and-coming Aussies! But Jack Doohan is the team’s next best hope as a young F1 protege. The 19-year-old is currently fourth in F2, collecting sprint race wins in Hungary and Silverstone and even winning the feature race at Spa.
Compared to some of the other names on this list, Jack is an underdog. But who knows, maybe a test in Budapest will prove us wrong!
NYCK DE VRIES
Fresh off a points finish in Monza, Nyck de Vries has shot to the top of F1’s ‘oh shit, you’re pretty good‘ list. The Formula E and f2 champ was the star of the Italian GP, subbing in for Alex Albon at Williams and finishing ninth!
Quick Nyck has been linked with a move to Williams for some time now, but could a move to Alpine fire him even further up the grid?
Although there’s still some confusion about making up the points deficit Colton Herta needs to get a super licence, this test with Alpine will still be more valuable experience for him behind the wheel of an F1 car.
Who do YOU think should get the Alpine seat for 2023?