It’s F1 silly season once again, and after Fernando Alonso’s surprise move from Alpine to Aston Martin, French media has shocked us once again with rumours that Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo could be taking Alonso’s spot.
The driver market didn’t disappoint when it was revealed that the four-time champion Sebastian Vettel would be retiring. While the loss of the driver from the sport being very sad, we knew things were going to get interesting as a seat suddenly became open for the 2023 season. But when two-time champ Alonso revealed he’d be making the move to Aston, it’s safe to say we were all shocked.
Obviously, this now open seat in Alpine has led to plenty of rumours, with the most believable being that reigning F2 champion Oscar Piastri will move from reserve driver to take his place in the driver’s seat. But while Alpine hesitate to confirm anything, AutoHebdo has now revealed that Ricciardo could be wanting to leave McLaren and make the move.
Ricciardo drove for the team before the rebranding to Alpine – and has the Renault Megan RS to prove it – so knows the faces behind the logo, but with a year left at McLaren, could this be smoke and mirrors? I’m not sure, but it could be the kick the Aussie needs to get back in the game.