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Pierre Gasly could be the surprise candidate to replace Daniel Ricciardo in Formula 1

The F1’s silly season has arrived, with Sebastian Vettel’s retirement last week sparking mid-season musical chairs as Fernando Alonso signed with Aston Martin. According to recent reports, McLaren will sign rising Australian star Oscar Piastri, leaving fellow countryman Daniel Ricciardo without a seat for next season. Alpine is now looking for a driver to replace Alonso, and Ricciardo appears to be the most logical option, having previously worked together when the team was known as Renault. Lamonato: Piastri is likely to race in F1 | 06:01 But there could be a twist that gives Alphine another option if they decide to go in a different direction. According to a June report from RacingNews365, AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly has a clause in his contract that allows him to join a rival team in 2023 — with one condition. That is, the team is higher in the standings than AlphaTauri, and Alpine, which is currently fourth in the constructors’ championship, would fit the bill. That report has been circulated once more in light of Alonso’s shocking departure. Gasly’s path back to Red Bull appears to be blocked after Sergio Perez re-signed until at least the end of 2024, and the Frenchman had previously been linked to McLaren. However, with Piastri seemingly on his way to McLaren, there may be an opportunity at Alpine if both parties are interested. MORE F1 NEWS2023 GRID: How a surprising twist could save Daniel Ricciardo’s career after the Piastri shock ‘DIRTY WORK’: The F1 world is stunned as the sacking of ‘brutal’ Ricciardo approaches. Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri’s French driver, could be the key. (AFP photo by Jure Makovec) AFP is the source. Gasly stated in June that he was in “ongoing discussions” with Red Bull’s motorsport advisor Helmut Marko about his future. “At the moment, it’s not a question of looking outside [Red Bull] or anywhere,” Gasly told the media, according to RacingNews365.com. “I believe my contract situation with Red Bull is fairly clear.” It’s just a constant dialogue with Helmut and management to figure out what’s best for all of us. But, as I previously stated, signing Sergio was entirely logical. “He’s been competitive since the beginning of the year, so no surprise there.” Obviously, it has an impact on what will happen with my career in the coming years, and we just need to have a normal conversation about what’s best going forward.”