Formule 1 | Le marché des transferts F1 pour 2023... après le séisme Alonso

Formule 1 | Le marché des transferts F1 pour 2023… après le séisme Alonso

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The big news of Fernando Alonso’s transfer to Aston Martin F1 for 2023, which comes with the release of a seat at Alpine, has greatly changed the situation in the Formula 1 transfer market. Let’s run through the teams in order current manufacturer ranking.

Running of the red bulls

Red Bull is absolutely not present on the transfer market this year since Sergio Pérez has already signed for 2 years, until the end of 2024. As for the future of Max Verstappen, we will have time to talk about it again since he has signed until the end of 2028. It should be noted, however, that this will allow Porsche to count on the world champion from 2026 if the deal is concluded.

Ferrari

There too, nothing to report for the Scuderia: Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz are under contract for a few years, the Spaniard having even extended for 2 years, which will prevent Mick Schumacher from coming too quickly. If there is to be a transfer, it will rather be necessary to monitor on the side of the management and renowned engineers if things have to move as the errors and the problems which multiply are clearly not to the taste of the president of Ferrari, John Elkann. .

Mercedes F1

We could have feared that the very important worries of the W13 at the start of the season would undermine the motivation of Lewis Hamilton but it is not so. The seven-time world champion is working well and hard alongside George Russell, with the pair getting along well and will be the same in 2023.

It’s up to Hamilton to decide perhaps at the end of the year or at the start of next year what he wants to do from 2024, but the trend does not seem to be retirement. For Russell, under multi-year contract, things should not change for many seasons.

F1 alpine

This is the big piece that was expected at the turn this summer, but not this way! While all the voices on the side of the team like Fernando Alonso pointed to a contract extension, the Spaniard chose to slam the door by surprise to replace Sebastian Vettel (future retiree) for several years at Aston Martin F1 at the end of the summer.

There is no doubt that Alpine was taken by surprise since this weekend again we were singing the praises of Alonso and that only “details” remained to be settled. But the biggest detail, the length of the contract, seems to have been a drag.

If Alpine really only offered Alonso one year, one can imagine why the Spaniard did not want to keep Oscar Piastri’s future seat warm for another year. Without even talking about a possible disagreement on the salary (Alonso asked for 25 million euros annually).

In any case, Alonso’s replacement was not announced in the wake of the Aston Martin announcement, proof that there was indeed a element of surprise in the decision. And this replacement should be, logically, Oscar Piastri. Hoping that, as some rumors have it, Alpine F1 has not pre-committed to lending it to another team, like Williams! Indeed, Alpine’s option expired on August 1!

It would be an incredible disaster if Alpine F1 could not count on its young talent because of this timing and a loan already taken out to another team! Some also see it as a snub from Fernando Alonso, unhappy with the situation.

And if Piastri were to go elsewhere, Esteban Ocon might have to deal with a surprise teammate like Daniel Ricciardo or Nico Hülkenberg, although that seems unlikely.

If McLaren however managed to break the contract of its pilot to recruit Piastri, it would not however be impossible that the former Red Bull pilot makes the opposite way to return to Enstone.

McLaren F1

McLaren is a team which should not have been associated with the transfer market this year and which still claims that it is not part of it: Lando Norris is a nugget under contract, Daniel Ricciardo has one more year of contract, its advantage in terms of clauses.

However, rumors persist that an agreement freeing Ricciardo (against a large bundle of dollars) to have another driver (Piastri or another from Indycar), remains possible. The release of a steering wheel at Alpine could give relief to this rumor in the coming days.

Alfa Romeo F1

Alfa Romeo has just renewed its confidence in Sauber for one more year and nothing will change in 2023: Valtteri Bottas is the expected leader and Guanyu Zhou surprises the whole F1 paddock in a good way.

Even if Frédéric Vasseur admitted that he would have liked to attract more Chinese partners, in order to reach the budget ceiling, he has no reason to change the duo. Moreover, no rumor, even concerning Théo Pourchaire, circulates concerning a possible new driver alongside Bottas.

Haas F1

Kevin Magnussen was a last-minute luxury replacement for Nikita Mazepin and the Dane gives the American team every satisfaction for his return. He is therefore under confirmed contract for the next season.

Questions arose about Mick Schumacher… before he got his first points last month. Costly mistakes and a lack of performance against Magnussen put the German in the spotlight, to the point that Günther Steiner postponed his duo’s confirmation until after the break and Sebastian Vettel publicly pushed him to take his place at Aston Martin F1 .

With the signing of Fernando Alonso at Aston Martin and the progression of Mick Schumacher this summer, it seems quite logical that the son of the seven-time world champion continues with the blessing of Ferrari in his current place for a 3rd season.

Alpha Tauri

Unable to find a better seat elsewhere, Pierre Gasly was confirmed for the 2023 season, his last under his Red Bull contract. Rumors once linked the Frenchman to Daniel Ricciardo’s place at McLaren. With the departure of Alonso, some imagine Gasly joining Alpine F1 to form a 100% French duo with Ocon.

It’s highly unlikely but not impossible if Alpine is really committed to lending Oscar Piastri! Nevertheless, Helmut Marko like Franz Tost have confirmed that they are counting on Gasly next year.

For the 2nd seat, Yuki Tsunoda should keep it, despite errors that continue but less and less important. It must be said that there is no other driver in the Red Bull industry ready to do better in his place. Unless, however, Ayumu Iwasa confirms his rise to prominence at the end of the season in F2.

Aston Martin F1

This is the team that triggered the current earthquake last Thursday: Sebastian Vettel finally decided to retire and Lawrence Stroll and Mike Krack launched in less than 4 days a major seduction operation to steal Fernando Alonso from Alpine F1 ! There is no doubt that the Spaniard’s commitment for several years (instead of one at Enstone) clearly tipped the scales.

To support Fernando Alonso, there will always be the boss’s son, Lance Stroll, driving the other Aston. And we can’t say that the father did a favor for the Quebecer who will still have to raise his level of play as Alonso’s return to F1 has been successful, especially this year.

Williams F1

Here is the back-of-the-grid team where everything is still possible! But Alex Albon, who gives total satisfaction, should always officiate at Williams as long as Red Bull does not need him. Unless Yuki Tsunoda really does something irreparable at the start of the school year!

For the 2nd seat, everyone saw Oscar Piastri at the wheel of the FW45, on loan from Alpine F1. Has an agreement already been signed? It is known that Alpine’s option expired on August 1. Things therefore remain unclear at this stage but Jost Capito has not ruled out other drivers like Logan Sargeant or Nyck de Vries. Capito having failed to defend Nicholas Latifi recently, the latter’s chances of staying seem to be falling apart as the season goes on…

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