Sat. May 21st, 2022

There is only one place left on the F1 network for 2022 with Alfa Romeo, which has yet to decide who will collaborate with Bottas.

Chinese driver Guanyu Zhou is the leading candidate for the second Alfa seat, while fellow Alpine junior Piastri is also in the frame.

Piastri currently leads the F2 position ahead of Zhou with two rounds left.

The Australian is currently part of Alpine’s driver academy, but the French team has locked in Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso for next year.

Speaking on Friday in Istanbul Park, Vasseur did not give too much away when asked about the team’s plans for next year.

“I did not say what year in September,” he said. “But seriously we are not in a hurry to make a decision, we have a few options on the table and must take the time to decide, we are not in a hurry, the situation does not change over the next few days and we will soon take a decision. ”

Vasseur was then pressured by the media as to why Alfa Romeo has not made a decision yet.

He explained: “Because we are discussing with all the parties involved. it is not an easy choice as we are at the beginning of the new regulation, it is a new journey for F1 and we have to consider all the points, it made sense for us to look at the recent events in F2, Monza and Sochi, and okay now the situation is like this and we’ll make a decision over the next few weeks, don’t worry. ”

Due to Piastri’s affiliation with Alpine, Vasseur cannot see why it would let him go to another team as it has invested heavily in his junior career.

“Oscar is doing a very good job, performing and being consistent over the last few weekends, but as far as I know, he is associated with Alpine,” he added.

“Honestly, I did not discuss this with Alpine, but if you invest in a driver with a long-term program, I can not see the point in letting him go to another team in F1, it would be strange.”

Prior to the Turkish GP, there were reports that Zhou wants a three-year deal, while Alfa Romeo will only give their second driver a one-year contract.

“It’s a good question, but certainly with Valtteri we secured the company’s future, we could be tempted to have a one-year deal and not put the team off too much, but I think that will be a big part of the discussion, and I would say that a one-year deal is a good option. ”

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