Le marché des transferts F1 pour 2023… après le séisme Alonso

Le marché des transferts F1 pour 2023... après le séisme Alonso

The big news of Fernando Alonso’s transfer to Aston Martin F1 for 2023, which comes with the release of a seat at Alpine, has greatly changed the situation in the Formula 1 transfer market. Let’s go over the teams in current ranking order of the maker.

red bull racing

Red Bull is absolutely not present in the transfer market this year as Sergio Pérez has already signed for 2 years, until the end of 2024. As for the future of Max Verstappen, we will have time to talk about it again since he has signed until at the end of 2028. However, it should be noted that this will allow Porsche to have the world champion from 2026 if the deal is concluded.


There is also nothing to report for the Scuderia: Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz have a contract for a few years, the Spaniard even extended it for 2 years, which will prevent Mick Schumacher from arriving too quickly. If there is going to be a transfer, rather it will be necessary to watch by the management and the renowned engineers if things have to move, since the errors and problems that multiply are clearly not to the liking of the president of Ferrari, John. Elkann…

mercedes f1

We might have feared that the all-important concerns of the W13 at the start of the season would undermine Lewis Hamilton’s motivation but this is not the case. The seven-time world champion is working well and hard alongside George Russell, the pair get along well and will be the same in 2023.

It’s up to Hamilton to decide perhaps at the end of the year or early next year what he wants to do from 2024, but the trend doesn’t seem to be retirement. For Russell, under a multiyear deal, things shouldn’t change for many seasons.

alpine f1

This is the big piece that was expected in this summer’s turn, but not in this way! While all the voices on the side of the team such as Fernando Alonso pointed to a contract extension, the Spaniard chose to slam the door by surprise to replace Sebastian Vettel (future retiree) for several years at Aston Martin F1 at the end of the summer.

There is no doubt that Alpine was taken by surprise as this weekend we sang Alonso’s praises again and that was just “details” remained to be liquidated. But the biggest detail, the duration of the contract, seems to have been a drag.

If Alpine really only offered Alonso one year, one can imagine why the Spaniard didn’t want to keep Oscar Piastri’s future seat warm for another year. Not even talking about a possible disagreement over salary (Alonso asked for 25 million euros per year).

In any case, Alonso’s replacement was not announced after Aston Martin’s announcement, proof that there was an element of surprise in the decision. And this replacement should be, logically, Oscar Piastri. Hoping that, as some rumors say, Alpine F1 has not previously committed to loan it to another team, such as Williams! In fact, Alpine’s option expired on August 1!

It would be an unbelievable disaster if Alpine F1 couldn’t count on their young talent due to this timing and an already taken loan to another team! Some also see it as a snub from Fernando Alonso, unhappy with the situation.

And if Piastri went elsewhere, Esteban Ocon might have to deal with a surprise teammate in the likes of Daniel Ricciardo or Nico Hülkenberg, although that seems unlikely.

However, if McLaren managed to break their driver’s contract to recruit Piastri, it would not be impossible for the former Red Bull driver to do the opposite to return to Enstone.

McLaren F1

McLaren is a team that shouldn’t have been associated with the transfer market this year and still claims it’s not part of it: Lando Norris is a nugget under contract, Daniel Ricciardo has one more year on his contract, his advantage in terms of clauses.

Rumors persist, however, that a deal that frees Ricciardo (in exchange for a large sum of dollars) for another driver (Piastri or another Indycar) is still possible. The launch of a flyer at Alpine could give relief to this rumor in the coming days.

alfa romeo f1

Alfa Romeo has just renewed its trust in Sauber for another year and nothing will change in 2023: Valtteri Bottas is the expected leader and Guanyu Zhou surprises the entire F1 paddock in a good way.

Even if Frédéric Vasseur admitted that he would have liked to attract more Chinese partners to reach the budget cap, he has no reason to change the duo. In addition, no rumors are circulating, not even about Théo Pourchaire, about a possible new driver alongside Bottas.

Haas F1

Kevin Magnussen was a last-minute luxury replacement for Nikita Mazepin and the Dane gives all the satisfactions to the American team for his return. Therefore, he has a confirmed contract for the next season.

Questions were raised about Mick Schumacher … before he scored his first points last month. Costly mistakes and lack of performance against Magnussen put the German in the spotlight, to the point that Günther Steiner postponed the confirmation of his pairing until after the break and Sebastian Vettel publicly pressured him to take his place at Aston. Martin F1.

With the signing of Fernando Alonso at Aston Martin and the progression of Mick Schumacher this summer, it seems quite logical that the son of the seven-time world champion will continue with the blessing of Ferrari in his current role for a 3rd season.

alpha tauri

Unable to find a better seat elsewhere, Pierre Gasly was confirmed for the 2023 season, the last under his Red Bull contract. Rumors once linked the Frenchman to Daniel Ricciardo’s place at McLaren. With Alonso gone, some imagine that Gasly will join Alpine F1 to form a 100% French duo with Ocon.

Very unlikely but not impossible if Alpine is really committed to loaning out Oscar Piastri! However, both Helmut Marko and Franz Tost have confirmed that they have Gasly next year.

For the 2nd seat, Yuki Tsunoda should keep it, despite the mistakes that continue but are less and less important. It must be said that there is no other driver in the Red Bull industry willing to do better in his place. Unless, however, Ayumu Iwasa confirms his rise to prominence at the end of the season in F2.

aston martin f1

This is the team that triggered the current earthquake last Thursday: Sebastian Vettel finally decided to retire and Lawrence Stroll and Mike Krack launched in less than 4 days a huge seduction operation to steal Fernando Alonso from Alpine F1! There is no doubt that the Spaniard’s commitment over several years (rather than one at Enstone) clearly tipped the scales.

To support Fernando Alonso, there will always be the boss’s son, Lance Stroll, driving the other Aston. And we can’t say that the father did the Quebecois a favor, who will still have to raise his level of play since Alonso’s return to F1 has been a success, especially this year.


Here’s to the back-of-the-grid team where anything is still possible! But Alex Albon, who gives total satisfaction, should always officiate at Williams as long as Red Bull doesn’t need him. Unless Yuki Tsunoda really does something irreparable at the beginning of the school year!

For the 2nd seat, everyone saw Oscar Piastri at the wheel of the FW45, on loan from Alpine F1. Has an agreement been signed? Alpine’s option is known to have expired on August 1. So things remain unclear at this stage, but Jost Capito hasn’t ruled out other drivers like Logan Sargeant or Nyck de Vries. Capito was unable to defend Nicholas Latifi recently, the latter’s chances of staying seem to be falling apart as the season progresses…

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