Laurent Rossi, the boss of Alpine, announced that the name of Fernando Alonso’s replacement would be known by the Singapore Grand Prix, the next round of the Championship disputed on October 2. Before this deadline, the French team will conduct a private test on the Hungaroring (Hungary) where it will test several candidates.
Jack Doohan will also be there. The Australian, F2 driver with Virtuosi and 4th in the Championship before the last round in Abu Dhabi, is part of the young Alpine driver program.
Two other pilots should go to Hungary, according to AutoHebdo. It could first be Nico Hülkenberg, the current Aston Martin reserve driver. Accustomed to helping out in 2020 and then this season when Sergio Perez and Sebastian Vettel tested positive for Covid-19, the German could be a solid solution for 2023 at Alpine.
Finally, according to MotorsportColton Herta could also drive an Alpine from previous years, but not necessarily on behalf of the French team, rather in order to better assess its speed and technical feedback on behalf of AlphaTauri, who would like to hire him if ever Pierre Gasly becomes Esteban Ocon’s teammate.