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Nando

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McLaren is the big rumour. Seems like they may have found an agreement with him prior to Alpine engaging their option when they found out Alonso was off.
 

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So Ricciardo to Alpine I would guess is the only solution as Lando has just signed a bumper new contract.
 

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I'd be surprised if they took him back after he walked out on them. I can see him going stateside now as he's almost out of any decent option in f1. I was expecting him to fill the Aston void to be honest.

Rumours of Mick replacing Tsunoda, De Vries to Williams and Gio back in at Haas.
 

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With the way McLaren contracts appear to be written going off the Palou/Rosenqvist saga, unless Danny Ric has an F1 only clause in his contract he might spend next year at Arrow McLaren SP or McLaren's new Formula E team.
 

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This sounds like a huge orchestrated stitch up on Alpine between Flavio, Webber, Alonso and Piastri. Flavio manages Fernando and used to manage Webber , who now manages Piastri. Alonso and Webber are also very good mates...

Supposedly Alpine had until 31st July to engage their race seat option on Piastri. They didn't and Alonso kept stum until yesterday on the Aston deal, by which point Alpine have lost them both. Otmar sounds like a beaten man today.

Stroll also had a biblical falling out with Otmar, which is why he was binned out of Aston last year.
 

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Interesting atmosphere at Alpine for the rest the season then

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If what Nando says above is true and they didn’t try to do it until 2 August I sense a monster court Barney incoming
 

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McLaren are having the same battle over Palou for Indy next season. Let's see what Piastri comes out with.
 

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If what Nando says above is true and they didn’t try to do it until 2 August I sense a monster court Barney incoming
The complete absence of any form of comment or acknowledgement from Piastri or his team says it all. They had no choice but to come out and announce him today after Otmar's howler of an interview this morning. No doubt this one is going to run.

It will get even more interesting if Seb says enough is enough and Alonso moves straight over to Aston before we resume again.
 

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The complete absence of any form of comment or acknowledgement from Piastri or his team says it all. They had no choice but to come out and announce him today after Otmar's howler of an interview this morning. No doubt this one is going to run.

It will get even more interesting if Seb says enough is enough and Alonso moves straight over to Aston before we resume again.
That's a fair shout, I did notice his feed was blank...hmm
 

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Why would you want to leave Alpine for Aston? And why would you pick Aston over Alpine?
 

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Aston are investing more behind the scenes (not cost cap controlled) than just about anybody. I'm no fan of where that money is coming from, but that is the situation. The likelihood of that investment putting them in contention in the next couple of years is close to nil, but they'll probably match and pass Alpine in that time period.

There's no team who flatter to deceive like Alpine and no team who make vast structural changes each and every year like they do, to no benefit. There's never any continuity because the Renault top dogs are always querying whether to bin F1 off.
 

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Piastri refuses to replace Alonso. This is is going to be a mess and a half.
 

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Why would you want to leave Alpine for Aston? And why would you pick Aston over Alpine?
If Alpine are only offering you one year in F1 before putting you out to pasture in WEC; whilst Aston are offering two - three years on more money...

Plus there's the amusement factor of making Lance Stroll cry and whine every fortnight.
 

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Will make a good episode of Drive To Survive at least.
 

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If Alpine are only offering you one year in F1 before putting you out to pasture in WEC; whilst Aston are offering two - three years on more money...

Plus there's the amusement factor of making Lance Stroll cry and whine every fortnight.
I was only looking at it from a “who’s the better team standpoint.

Alpine the best of the rest and Aston are fodder. But i didn’t know the efforts Aston were putting in and vice versa Alpine.

As an aside, I doubt money Comes into Alonso’s thinking. Like Harry Kane would rather stay at Spurs than join Bournemouth on more money. Also if he’s still performing after his year deals up surely someone would give him a seat?
 

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Feel that burn from Taunton Town Alpine, feel it

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