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Esteban Ocon backed leading Alpine in 2023 amid continued uncertainty for Oscar Piastri

Recent Alpine such as veteran driver Fernando Alonso sent off andOscar Piastri not all , is not very clear. enthusiastic on his behalf.

Enston's team decided that his driver's promotion to the reserves would come after learning that the Spanish driver was on the verge of moving to Aston He Martin. It felt formal. However, the young Australian is looking to move to McLareninstead, with both teams feeling they have a valid deal with his Formula 2 champion, so the situation could go to court. may end.

Their only recourse in the madness is Esteban Ocon. The Frenchman loves to drive for his home country team and has been secured until the end of the 2024 season, so at least Alpine knows who he will be one of next year's drivers.

However, as the identities of his teammates are still unknown, it is unclear exactly what his position will be. Once his rookie F1 arrival at Piastri, Ocon would assume the role of leader of his team, helping guide his inexperienced partner. If he goes to McLaren andDaniel Ricciardois on the other side, the former Red Bull star will be the senior driver.

Whatever happens, Alpine chief Otmar Szafnauer says he has no concerns about Ocon's ability to assume a leadership role if needed. "Esteban is a great talent. I used to work with him in India.Sergio Perez was my teammate," said the Romanian-American. said.

"He was as fast as Sergio and had a lot of competition with Sergio. If you remember those days, they were always together on the grid. Sometimes they are together in the race. And we understand Sergio's ability of.

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"So does Fernando." But Fernando has the skill and talent to do one lap out of the car very fast, he needs to do 3 or 4 laps and he's at 99% or 99.9%, that 0.1% extra is accompanied by a few more laps of the car.

"But eventually, on Saturday, and then on Sunday, he'll be there. So he'll get there a little earlier."

``Will he be able to lead the team after that? He's winning races, he's scored good points for us this year, and for next year he'll learn a lot more." 72}

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