Even if he doesn’t confirm this event, Alpine team principal Otmar Szafnauer doesn’t see why Daniel Ricciardo wouldn’t return…
The bomb dropped by Fernando Alonso and Aston Martin on Monday morning has not finished doing the damage.
In Enstone, the headquarters of the Alpine F1 Team, we can even talk about an explosion due to the effects of this surprise transfer.
Alpine was quick to announce the announcement of his reserve Oscar Piastri the day before yesterday, but the Australian musician immediately sent a message on Twitter denying the offer, which makes observers think that he already has another wheel.
All eyes are on McLaren where the Formula 2 champion will succeed Daniel Ricciardo (who has since recalled that he had a valid contract with the Woking team for 2023) and some see “Smiling Dan” stepping down from the vacated seat at Alpine.
“We look forward to executing our return to top program over the next three seasons, recalls Szafnauer, and if Daniel signs up for it, I don’t see any reason against him, the goal being to find a better driver alongside Esteban Ocon. »
The problem could come from the sudden departure of Ricciardo, who joined McLaren in the middle of his lease with Renault in 2020, to the embarrassment of his boss at the time Cyril Abiteboul or even the big boss Luca de Meo.
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Since then, Laurent Rossi has been at the wheel and water has flowed under the bridge: if Ricciardo represented the best option for Alpine after being shot by Piastri, he would be welcomed at Enstone … where he hosted his juniors. town a few years ago (photo above).