Alpine will change the composition next season, Esteban Okon will replace Fernando Alonso with Pierre Gasly. Many think that the team will weaken, but leader Otmar Safnauer is positive.
Otmar Szafnauer: “We went through the contract recognition committee with confidence that we were right about the Piastri contract, but we will see how we perform next season. Now I think our pair of pilots with Esteban and Pierre is better than it would be if we won this case. Gasly has more experience than Piastri, although he is still quite young. Time will tell, but I think we made the best decision.
Is this a better couple than Okon and Alonso? Time will tell. We’ve had a great pair of drivers this year, Fernando has done a great job and he’s still very fast. But I don’t know when Alonso will raise his hand and say he’s decided to end his career, so it’s hard for me to judge. I’m happy with our two drivers today, but ask me in a year and I’ll give you the exact answer.”
Source: F1 News