Rumor: de Vries to take Gasly’s seat at AlphaTauri (Update)

Our sources say that before the Singapore GP, Pierre Gasly will be announced as being signed by the Alpine F1 team, and Nyck de Vries will be announced as Gasly’s replacement at Alpha Tauri.

Last Updated September 22, 2022

2023 F1 Silly Season Page
Team Engine No. Driver Nat. Rating Comments
Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen Ferrari 77 Valtteri Bottas Finland Fact Signed
24 Guanyu Zhou China Strong Likely. Waiting on big check from China
Alpha Tauri Honda 45 Nyck de Vries Netherlands Strong Likely.
22 Yuki Tsunoda Japan Fact Signed
Alpine F1 Team Renault 10 Pierre Gasly France Fact Signed
31 Esteban Ocon France Fact Signed
Aston Martin Cognizant F1 Team Mercedes 14 Fernando Alonso Spain Fact Signed
18 Lance Stroll Canada Fact Daddy would never fire his son
Ferrari Ferrari 16 Charles Leclerc Monaco Fact Signed
55 Carlos Sainz Jr. Spain Fact Signed
Haas F1 Team Ferrari 20 Kevin Magnussen Denmark Fact Signed
27 Nico Hulkenberg Germany Strong Needs to find some money to buy the seat
99 Antonio Giovinazzi Italy Speculation Ferrari to make the call
47 Mick Schumacher Germany Speculation Doubtful. No longer a Ferrari Academy Driver
McLaren F1 Team Mercedes 4 Lando Norris England Fact Signed
36 Oscar Piastri Australia Fact Signed
Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes 44 Lewis Hamilton England Fact Signed.
63 George Russell England Fact Signed.
Red Bull Racing Honda 11 Sergio Perez Mexico Fact Signed
1 Max Verstappen Netherlands Fact Signed
Williams Racing Mercedes 4 Daniel Ricciardo Australia Speculation Ricciardo not keen to drive a back marker car
6 Nicholas Latifi Canada Speculation Must bring huge check
23 Alex Albon Thailand Fact Signed
45 Logan Sargeant USA Strong Needs to find some money to buy the seat

 

 


September 19, 2022 

(GMM) Colton Herta’s Formula 1 dream is over for now after Red Bull gave up its push to secure a mandatory super license for the American star of IndyCar racing.

“We’re proceeding without Herta,” Auto Bild quoted Dr Helmut Marko as confirming, amid reports the FIA refused to give the 22-year-old an exemption to F1’s strict points-based license rules.

“It’s a shame the FIA didn’t recognize the value of an American driver in Formula 1,” the Austrian added, “especially with three F1 races in the booming American market.”

On the face of it, it’s also bad news for Pierre Gasly – as Red Bull only intended to release the Frenchman from his 2023 duties at Alpha Tauri if Herta got the green light.

However, Marko may be leaving the exit door open for Gasly, who is keen to move on after a long formative F1 career under the Red Bull umbrella.

He admits “negotiations with Alpine are difficult”, but in light of the Herta news Marko also said Red Bull is still exploring “what possibilities there could be” for next year.

At the same time, Monza debutant and F1’s rookie-of-the-moment Nyck de Vries confirmed rumors that he met with Marko in his Graz (Austria) office last Friday.

The implication is that if Alpha Tauri can secure Dutchman de Vries, the Gasly-Alpine deal might still be on.

“We talked about schnitzel,” de Vries, 27, joked to France’s Auto Hebdo when asked about his meeting with Marko.

Nyck de Vries in the Williams garage at the Italian GP

De Vries is also still a contender to race full-time for Williams in 2023, and he is currently preparing to test a year-old Alpine in Hungary.

“Yes, it’s all true,” he confirmed to the Dutch broadcaster RTL4.

“We have been negotiating with Alpine since July, and it is already in the press that I was in Austria where we discussed the prospects for cooperation with Dr Marko.

“I’ve obviously been talking to Williams for a long time, and I was able to make my debut there, so that would be a logical step. But I’m not sure I’m in a situation where I can literally choose the team.

“It’s largely beyond my control, and not everything in this world revolves around performance. But fortunately, there is a bit of momentum now and room on the grid.

“So there are opportunities but no guarantees,” de Vries added.

The bad news for potential Haas and Ferrari refugee Mick Schumacher, on the other hand, is that his management has denied reports that the German will also test an Alpine in the forthcoming private test.