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Szafnauer explains why Ocon can lead Alpine next season

Alpine team boss Otmar Szafnauer says Esteban Ocon can lead the Enstone squad next season in the wake of Fernando Alonso's departure from the team. The unexpected announcement last week of Alonso's move to Aston Martin left a void in Alpine's plans for 2023 that the team initially tried to fill by promoting its highly-rated reserve driver Oscar Piastri to a race seat. But that ship appears to have sailed on the back of the young Aussie's decision to join McLaren. Litigation between Alpine and Piastri, or indeed McLaren is likely to ensue, but regardless of the outcome, it's very unlikely that the 21-year-old and Alpine will be working together in the future. Daniel Ricciardo, the...
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