Ever since Sebastian Vettel announced his retirement from the sport, the Formula 1 market is becoming more and more complicated with more twists, turns, and names coming in every day with Daniel Ricciardo joining the rumors.
The 2023 Formula 1 ‘silly’ season has headed into a well-deserved summer break.
Nevertheless, we are definitely still getting a lot of drama and exciting stories even with no on-track action! Here are some off-track news.
Sebastian Vettel retirement emptied the seat at Aston Martin. The vacant seat was filled within 5 days by a 41-year-old Fernando Alonso who seemed to grab an opportunity. We have explained it in detail here.
Anyhow, this was far from over. After his move, the Alpine F1 seat became empty. Now, people are wondering who is gonna race alongside Esteban Ocon?
Of course, the most obvious choice would be Oscar Piastri. The rookie has a sensational record in Formula 1 junior Championships winning both Formula 3 and Formula 2 titles in his rookie year!
However, things are far from simple as people think there might be a little Australian twist to the tale. Of course, Piastri is also Australian but the twist from another Australian racing for McLaren right now. You guessed it! Daniel Ricciardo.
How did Daniel Ricciardo come into the equation?
Well, Ricciardo has driven for Alpine F1 earlier when it was the Renault team.
Moreover, the Australian is having a hard season at McLaren with McLaren CEO Zak Brown admitting that “he is not meeting the expectation“.
Although, Daniel Ricciardo has a deal signed till 2023 with McLaren but Brown has revealed that the deal can be terminated prematurely too. However, we believe it can be done only from the driver’s side.
The 8-time race winner had earlier said that he would stay with McLaren until his contract. He promised to make a comeback with the orange ‘papaya’.
However, this was before Alonso’s move which sent all the paddock in a frenzy.
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