It would make sense from a commercial point of view for a French manufacturer to employ another French driver alongside Esteban Ocon.
Pierre Gasly's chances of a Red Bull seat seem to have fluttered out and whilst he has been confirmed at AlphaTauri for 2023, there is little doubt Alpine's form of late would pique the one-time race winner's interests. An interesting option.
Nyck de Vries
Without an F1 drive despite his talent, Nyck de Vries has proven himself worthy of a place on the grid in two hours of FP1 running so far this year.
The most likely destination for the Dutchman would seem to be Williams alongside Alex Albon but if Nicholas Latifi is preferred, then Alpine could do a lot worse than hiring last season's Formula E champion.
Out of a full-time race seat since 2019 but has impressed each time he has filled in for Sergio Perez, Lance Stroll or Sebastian Vettel in the past three seasons, Nico Hulkenberg is an outside bet for the seat.
As Aston Martin's development and reserve driver, the German has experience with the new generation of F1 car and spent his last days as a regular on the grid with the Enstone and Viry-based outfit. It could work, even as a stop-gap.
Formerly part of the Alpine junior programme, Zhou Guanyu cut ties when moving across to Alfa Romeo this season.
The Chinese driver was signed to a one-year contract only so his services are available, although the rookie is likely to be tied down by Alfa given his impressive start to life as an F1 driver.
For Alpine, it would make sense to pursue this option, with Zhou familiar with the team set-up and proving his worth alongside 19 of the best drivers in the world.
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