Alpine have confirmed Pierre Gasly will join their team for the 2023 Formula 1 season and beyond on a multi-year deal.
Since Fernando Alonso‘s shock move to Aston Martin at the start of August, Gasly quickly became the favourite to replace the Spaniard after Alpine lost their junior driver Oscar Piastri to McLaren over a clash of contracts.
“I’m very happy that Pierre will be joining the team for 2023 and beyond,” said team principal Otmar Szafnauer.
“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.
“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 the terms to allow Pierre to take this step.”
Gasly‘s move to Alpine means his seat at AlphaTauri is vacant with Nyck de Vries confirmed as his replacement.
There are two other seats available for the 2023 F1 grid with Mick Schumacher in a fight to keep his place at Haas against a potential return for Nico Hulkenberg.
Williams announced Nicholas Latifi will leave the team at the end of this year, so his seat is available with Schumacher, Logan Sargeant and Antonio Giovinazzi among those linked to replace the Canadian.
What Gasly said
Upon confirming his move from AlphaTauri to Alpine, Gasly highlighted the two parties’ French links, while also thanking Red Bull.
“I am delighted to join the Alpine family and begin this new chapter in my Formula 1 career,” said Gasly.
“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.”
F1 2023 driver line-up confirmed
Red Bull: Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez
Ferrari: Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz
Mercedes: Lewis Hamilton and George Russell
McLaren: Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri
Alpine: Esteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly
Alfa Romeo: Valtteri Bottas and Zhou Guanyu
Aston Martin: Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll
Haas: Kevin Magnussen and TBC
AlphaTauri: Yuki Tsunoda and Nyck de Vries
Williams: Alex Albon and TBC