The big news of Fernando Alonso’s move to Aston Martin F1 for 2023, which comes with the release of an Alpine seat, has changed the situation of the Formula 1 transfer market significantly. Let’s run through the team in order of the current manufacturer’s ranking.
Red Bull Racing
Red Bull is completely out of the transfer market this year since Sergio Pérez has already signed for 2 years, until the end of 2024. Like the future of Max Verstappen, we have time to discuss it again since he signed until the end of 2028. It should be noted, however, that it will allow Porsche to count on the world champion from 2026 if the deal is completed.
There too, there is nothing to report for the Scuderia: Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz are under contract for several years, the Spaniard has been extended for 2 years, which will prevent Mick Schumacher from arriving quickly. If there is a transfer, it will be more necessary to monitor the side of the management and famous engineers if things should work as the errors and the problems that will increase are clearly not wanted by the president of Ferrari, John . Elkann..
We would have feared that the all-important concerns of W13 at the start of the season would dampen Lewis Hamilton’s enthusiasm but that was not the case. The seven-time world champion has worked well and hard with George Russell, with the pair getting along well in 2023.
It will be up to Hamilton to decide perhaps at the end of the year or at the beginning of next year what he wants to do from 2024, but the trend does not seem to be retirement. For Russell, under a multi-year contract, things should not change for several seasons.
This is the big piece expected to turn this summer, but not this way! While all the voices on the side of the team like Fernando Alonso point to a contract extension, the Spaniard chose to close the door of surprise to replace Sebastian Vettel (future retired) for several years at Aston Martin F1 at the end of the summer.
There’s no doubt that Alpine was shocked because this weekend we were once again singing Alonso’s praises and that’s all. “details” remains to be settled. But the biggest detail, the length of the contract, seems like a drag.
If Alpine only offered Alonso one year, Spaniards can imagine why the Spaniard does not want to warm the future seat of Oscar Piastri for one year. Without even talking about a possible misunderstanding of the salary (Alonso is asking for 25 million euros per year).
In any case, Alonso’s replacement was not announced after Aston Martin’s announcement, proof that there was an element of surprise in the decision. And this replacement should, logically, be Oscar Piastri. Hoping that, as some rumors say, Alpine F1 has not yet committed to lending it to another team, like Williams! In fact, the Alpine option ended on August 1st!
It would be an incredible disaster if Alpine F1 could not rely on its young talent because of this time and a loan already acquired by another team! Others also saw it as a snub from Fernando Alonso, unhappy with the situation.
And if Piastri goes elsewhere, Esteban Ocon might have to deal with a surprise teammate like Daniel Ricciardo or Nico Hülkenberg, though that’s unlikely.
If McLaren was able to break its pilot’s contract to recruit Piastri, it is not impossible that the former Red Bull pilot will do the opposite to return to Enstone.
McLaren is a team that should not have been involved in the transfer market this year and that still claims 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 that releases Ricciardo (against a large sum of dollars) with another driver (Piastri or another from Indycar), remains possible. The release of an Alpine steering wheel will put this rumor to rest in the coming days.
Alfa Romeo F1
Alfa Romeo has just renewed confidence in Sauber for another year and nothing will change in 2023: Valtteri Bottas is the expected leader and Guanyu Zhou surprised the entire F1 paddock in a good way.
Although Frédéric Vasseur admits that he wants to attract more Chinese partners, in order to reach the budget ceiling, he has no reason to change the duo. Furthermore, no rumours, not even about Théo Pourchaire, have circulated about a possible new driver alongside Bottas.
Kevin Magnussen was a last-minute luxury replacement for Nikita Mazepin and the Dane gave the American team every satisfaction on his return. So he is under a confirmed contract for next season.
Questions have been raised about Mick Schumacher… before he scored his first points last month. Costly mistakes and the lack of performance against Magnussen put the German in the spotlight, to the point that Günther Steiner postponed the confirmation of his duo until after the break and Sebastian Vettel publicly pushed him to take his place in Aston Martin F1.
With Fernando Alonso signing with Aston Martin and Mick Schumacher progressing this summer, it seems logical that the son of the seven-time world champion continues to bless Ferrari in his current place for a th -3 times.
Unable to find a better seat elsewhere, Pierre Gasly has been confirmed for the 2023 season, his last under his contract with Red Bull. Rumors have previously linked the Frenchman to Daniel Ricciardo’s place at McLaren. With Alonso leaving, some thought Gasly joined Alpine F1 to form a 100% French duo with Ocon.
Not very possible but not impossible if Alpine is really committed to Oscar Piastri’s loan! However, Helmut Marko confirmed like Franz Tost that they are counting on Gasly next year.
For the 2nd seat, Yuki Tsunoda should stick with it, despite the mistakes that continue but are not very important. It has to be said that no other driver in the Red Bull industry is willing to do better in his place. Except, however, Ayumu Iwasa confirmed his rise to prominence at the end of the F2 season.
Aston Martin F1
This is the team that caused the current earthquake on Thursday: Sebastian Vettel finally decided to retire and Lawrence Stroll and Mike Krack launched in less than 4 days a great seduction operation to steal Fernando Alonso from Alpine F1 ! There’s no doubt that the Spaniard’s commitment over the years (rather than Enstone’s one) clearly tips the scales.
To support Fernando Alonso, there is always the boss’s son, Lance Stroll, who will drive another Aston. And we can’t say that it is in favor of the Quebecer’s father who still needs to raise the level of his game because Alonso’s return to F1 was successful especially this year.
Here’s the back-of-the-grid team where everything is possible! But Alex Albon, who gives complete satisfaction, should always officiate at Williams as long as Red Bull does not need him. Unless Yuki Tsunoda has something that won’t change 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 been signed? It is known that Alpine’s option expired on August 1. So things remain unclear at this stage but Jost Capito has not ruled out other drivers such as Logan Sargeant or Nyck de Vries. With Capito failing to defend Nicholas Latifi recently, the latter’s chances of staying seem to be collapsing as the season progresses…