Just a few weeks ago, the team Alpine de F1 announced his decision to promote the Australian Oscar piastri to the role of reserve pilot after the departure of the Chinese Guanyu-Zhou a Alfa Romeo Racing. This new responsibility will force the 21-year-old, aspiring 2021 champion of the F2, to be away from the competition in 2022. But that does not worry him since the French brand bets so much on his talent that he sees him as the successor of the Spanish Fernando Alonso.
“If we sign him as a reserve, it is with the prospect of turning him into a future pillar of the team. He is the pilot who should take over from Fernando ”, assured Laurent rossi, head of the team, in an interview with the French agency AFP.
Asked if this measure would already be based on 2023, the team-manager assured: “Fernando is still one of the best drivers on the grid, but we have to see how long he can maintain his performance. As long as it stays that way, it is unbeatable ”.
And I add: “We have spoken with Fernando that the day his level drops for whatever reason, a decision will be made and it will not be an extra year, nor an extra race. That will open a hole for Oscar. In this interval, you have to make sure that Oscar does not stagnate. Then we will see, in 2023, how it is presented for Fernando ”.
Regarding the next season, Rossi hopes that Alpine will be the protagonist. “The new regulations will cause us all to start from scratch and maybe someone has a design, an inspiration in one of the elements of the car that gives them a competitive advantage for a brief moment. That can make the hierarchy swing, but surely the teams are going to be copied, it is natural, and the hierarchy can evolve. There are supposed to be more surprises, but we can also find a team that overwhelms everything, like Mercedes for seven years. I hope not ... or in that case that is us ".