Having been outperformed by Bottas during their two seasons together at Alfa Romeo (now known as Stake), Zhou Guanyu's place within the team looks to be in some doubt, with Audi likely to want to make a statement signing upon their inception into F1.
However, Barretto believes it's a certain French driver who may be making a splash with Sauber CEO Andrea Seidl. Ocon's current contract runs out with Alpine at the end of 2024.
“While Alpine may be interested in keeping Ocon for another season, sources say Sauber-run Stake have the Frenchman very high up on their list as they prepare the operation to become Audi in 2026," he told F1's official website.
“He is one of a number of drivers CEO Andreas Seidl is believed to be assessing as he looks to morph the team first into a serial midfield contender and then an operation that can fight for podiums, wins and ultimately championships.”
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