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Breaking! Alpine confirm Pierre Gasly as driver for the 2023 in the all-French line-up

How do you think the all-French lineup works out?

Pierre Gasly will join Esteban Ocon in an all-French line-up at Alpine from 2023 while Dutchman Nyck de Vries replaces him at Alpha Tauri.

The 26-year-old was contracted to AlphaTauri for 2023, but Red Bull – who have supported him for the last nine years – agreed to release him early.

Gasly has been keen to secure a drive with a works squad having rebuilt his reputation at AlphaTauri following his demotion from the Red Bull works for the squad in 2019.

“I am delighted to join the Alpine family and begin this new chapter in my Formula 1 career,” said Gasly, a one-time Grand Prix winner.

“Driving for a team that has French roots is something very special. I know the strengths of Alpine having raced against them over the past couple of years and, clearly, their progress and ambition is very impressive.

“I wish to thank Red Bull as this marks the end of our nine-year journey together. It is thanks to their trust and support that I became a Formula 1 driver, and what we’ve achieved with Scuderia AlphaTauri over the last years has been very special.

“Looking ahead, I want to give the maximum and utilise all my experience to fight for podiums and ultimately contribute to Alpine’s fight for championships in the future.”

The double move follows Fernando Alonso‘s decision to leave Alpine for Aston Martin after they failed to meet his demands for a new deal.

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Alpine delighted by the Pierre Gasly signing

Alpine cannot wait to welcome Gasly, as according to the team boss and CEO, the still-young driver is a proven talent within the sport.

“I’m very happy that Pierre will be joining the team for 2023 and beyond. He is already a proven talent within Formula 1, and we are looking forward to harnessing that within the team. Our team has several objectives for the coming seasons and I firmly believe our driver line-up is a great reflection of the team’s high ambitions,” Otmar Szafnauer said in the press release.

“I trust Pierre and Esteban can, together, motivate the team to continue its progress towards these goals. We would also like to thank Red Bull for agreeing on the terms to allow Pierre to take this step,” said the Alpine team boss.

Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi added: “I would like to welcome Pierre to the Alpine family. He is a talented and motivated driver who will contribute positively to our objectives in Formula 1. Pierre is completely aligned with the ambition and progression that has, to date, been a hallmark of the Alpine project. As a young, but highly experienced and successful driver, his trajectory is on course with our own, and we look forward to growing together.”

AlphaTauri team principal Franz Tost paid tribute to Gasly and the Frenchman’s “very successful time” with the team, before welcoming a “new chapter” with De Vries

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