Otmar Szafnauer admits Daniel Ricciardo COULD return to Alpine after Oscar Piastri’s bombshell snubbing as Formulation One’s merry-go-round kicks into full swing
- Otmar Szafnauer has opened the door to a Daniel Ricciardo return at Alpine
- The F1 crew are in search of a brand new driver after Fernando Alonso stop this week
- Oscar Piastri sensationally snubbed Alpine regardless of their being an settlement
- And Szafnauer says they might transfer for veteran Aussie driver Ricciardo
Daniel Ricciardo might make a sensational return to Alpine after Formulation One’s merry-go-round kicked into full swing this week.
In a shock twist, younger Australian driver Oscar Piastri mentioned he wouldn’t drive for Alpine subsequent season, simply hours after the crew introduced that the 21-year-old would occupy Alonso’s previous seat.
Otmar Szafnauer has admitted that Daniel Ricciardo might make a return to Alpine
Piastri’s bombshell snub means his F1 arrival will doubtless be with both Williams or McLaren, who’re pondering what to do with Ricciardo.
The veteran Aussie has endured a disappointing season and has did not match the performances of youthful team-mate Lando Norris.
Ought to McLaren determine to go in a brand new route with out Ricciardo, it would not essentially end result ultimately of the 32-year-old’s F1 profession, with Alpine crew principal Szafnauer leaving the door open to a potential reunion.
Ricciardo was with the crew (previously often known as Renault) for 2 years, earlier than he dramatically left for McLaren in 2020.
The F1 merry-go-round is in full swing and Ricciardo (L) might make approach for Oscar Piastri (R)
Szafnauer left the door open for a Ricciardo return, after he left for McLaren in 2020
‘I imply, when you have a look at Fernando, for instance, he comes and goes, and I feel that occurs to different drivers too,’ he advised motorsport.com.au.
‘And I do not suppose that is a problem in any respect. I feel what we have to give attention to is, like I say, the plans that we have now for the following 89-88 races.
‘We have to ensure that we complement that plan with the perfect driver that we are able to, and there are some choices on the market for us. And we put the perfect driver in subsequent to Esteban [Ocon], in order that we are able to transfer ahead in direction of what we have been planning.’
Nevertheless, Alpine nonetheless maintain hope of conserving Piastri, with Szafnauer including: ‘We imagine we’re legally appropriate in our assertion (about his signing).’