Formula 1: Is there a hammer return? “Don’t think that’s a problem”
Currently is in the formula 1 quite a lot going on, even though the drivers are on their well-deserved summer break.
Because Fernando Alonso’s move from Alpine to Aston Martin caused a real tremor in the formula 1 out. At the same time, Alpine could make a spectacular return, as revealed by team boss Otmar Szafnauer.
Formula 1: Is there a hammer return?
More precisely, it’s about a possible return of Daniel Ricciardo. Because the Australian has to worry about his place at McLaren, which another Australian will probably take: Oscar Piastri.
formula 1 – Drivers and teams 2022
- Mercedes: Lewis Hamilton, George Russell
- Red Bull: Max Verstappen, Sergio Perez
- Ferrari: Charles Leclerc, Carlos Sainz
- McLaren: Lando Norris, Daniel Ricciardo
- AlphaTauri: Pierre Gasly, Yuki Tsunoda
- Alpine: Fernando Alonso, Esteban Ocon
- Aston Martin: Sebastian Vettel, Lance Stroll
- Haas: Mick Schumacher, Kevin Magnussen
- Williams: Nicholas Latifi, Alexander Albon
- Alfa Romeo: Valtteri Bottas, Guanyu Zhou
According to several media reports, the young Alpine driver, who the racing team believes has a valid contract, has agreed to move to McLaren.
In return, Ricciardo could switch to Alpine. In 2019 and 2020, Ricciardo drove two seasons for Renault, as the racing team used to be called. Although the Australian could not meet expectations, Alpine team boss Otmar Szafnauer still sees him as a good driver.
Formula 1: Ricciardo change to Alpine possible
Compared to “Motorsport.com”, Szafnauer compared the situation around Ricciardo with Fernando Alonso, who also returned to his former teams several times. “If you look at Fernando, for example, he comes and goes – like other drivers,” said Szafnauer. “And I don’t think that’s a problem.”
But in addition to Ricciardo, Alpine is also looking for other alternatives. Szafnauer explained that after Alonso’s move to Aston Martin was announced, he “got a bunch of calls from other potential drivers.”
Szafnauer continued: “I think we need to focus on the plans we have for the next 89-88 races. We have to make sure that we complement that plan with the best possible driver and there are a few options for us. And we will field the best driver alongside Esteban.”
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At the same time, Szafnauer emphasized that he would not have any problems if Oscar Piastri should still start for Alpine. But that doesn’t seem to be the case at the moment. (oa)