Who could replace Esteban Ocon at Alpine?

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The announcement that Ocon will fall from his seat comes a week after the Frenchman caused a collision with his teammate Pierre Gasly during the first lap of the Monaco Grand Prix. Alpine team boss Bruno Famin warned that “there would be consequences”, with many expecting the team to have a driver line-up for the Canadian Grand Prix.

It is clear that the decision to part ways with Ocon was not entirely based on the Monaco crash, but did influence the team’s final decision. The 27-year-old’s contract expired at the end of this season, making his seat one of ten that will be eligible in 2025.

Ocon joined the then Renault team in 2020 and took his only win at the Hungarian GP the following year and two further podium finishes during his time with the Enstone-based team. In an announcement on social media platform came out. “

Ocon has said he will announce his future plans “very soon” but will continue to ride for Alpine until the end of the year. His next move is unknown, although Haas are reportedly interested in Ocon as an experienced teammate alongside the potential signing of rookie Ollie Bearman.

He is also believed to be considering a move to Sauber if Carlos Sainz decides to reject the offer from the future Audi team. The outgoing Ferrari driver is currently weighing several contract options, including Audi and Williams.

Although no official announcement has been made yet, Alpine is likely to extend the contract of Ocon’s teammate Pierre Gasly for next season.

Who could replace Esteban Ocon at Alpine?

Alpine will now see who can replace Esteban Ocon for the 2025 season. There are still ten places available on the grid, and many drivers’ contracts expire at the end of this year.

Jack Doohan

Current team: Alpine (reserve driver)
Best F2 Championship Position: 3rd (2023)

Photo by: Sam Bloxham / Motorsport Images

One of the most likely candidates to replace Ocon is the team’s reserve driver, Jack Doohan. He made his single-seater debut in 2018 in the British F4 Championship, combining his full season in British F4 with appearances in the Italian and ADAC Formula 4 Championships that same year. He advanced to the Asian F3 and Euroformula Open in 2019, finishing second and 11th respectively.

Doohan joined the HWA Racelab line-up in Formula 3 in 2020, but struggled through that first season, achieving a best finish of 11th and scoring zero points, before moving to Trident the following year and finishing second finished in addition to three wins in the drivers’ standings. The 21-year-old moved to F2 and spent two full seasons racing, taking home six wins and eleven podiums.

In 2022, an impressive performance saw Doohan finish third in the championship, including three wins in Hungary, Belgium and Abu Dhabi.

Doohan joined Alpine in 2022 when he joined the team’s academy, where his duties included test driving the F1 car. In 2023, during his final year in F2, the Australian was announced as a reserve driver for Alpine and took part in testing throughout the season, including practice sessions at the Mexico City and Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

He has since put his full focus on the 2024 season at Alpine, including A522 testing and simulator testing, to help the team make improvements to the car.

Mick Schumacher

Current team: Alpine WEC driver
F1 racing: 43
F1 points: 12
Best F2 Championship Position: 1st (2020)
Championship titles: F3 European Championship (2018), F2 Championship (2020)

Photo by: Alexander Trienitz

Mick Schumacher could get a second chance at a Formula 1 seat thanks to his connections with the Alpine team. Schumacher is currently the reserve driver for Mercedes and McLaren and has been in the role since the start of the 2023 season.

The German driver is a previous Formula 4 race winner, winning both the 2018 European F3 Championship and the 2020 F2 title. The son of seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher subsequently joined the Haas F1 team before was dropped at the end of the 2022 season.

Schumacher had two disappointing seasons with the American team and only scored points at two races in 2022. He failed to reach the top 10 in 42 other races, including retiring his car five times.

Schumacher has since worked with Alpine, testing their Endurance prototype in 2023, before being signed to compete in the 2024 Hypercar class of the World Endurance Championship for the Enstone-based team.

After the announcement, Schumacher said: “For me, a new chapter begins with Alpine in the WEC Hypercar category. The car is impressive and I can’t wait to get started. I grew up with single-seaters, so driving a car with an enclosed cockpit and covered wheels is a great opportunity to hone my driving skills.

“Endurance racing is a new challenge for me and I am sure we will share great moments together with Alpine next year.”

Zhou Guanyu

Current team: Sauber
F1 racing: 52
F1 points: 12
Best F2 Championship Position: 6th
Championship titles: F3 Asian Championship (2021)

Photo by: Sauber

Zhou Guanyu has also been linked with a possible move to Alpine as his contract with Sauber expires at the end of the 2024 season. Sauber has already signed Nico Hülkenberg for one of the team seats for the coming season, but has yet to announce which of the two current drivers will remain with the team.

The Chinese driver is a former member of the Alpine Academy and served as a test driver for the team in 2020 and 2021. He has had a few disappointing years in F1, finishing 18th in the championship in the past two years and only scored six point finishes in 52 starts.

Before moving to Formula 1, Zhou spent three years in F2 before claiming the Asian F3 Championship in 2021.

F1 drivers without seats at the end of 2024

Photo by: Ferrari

There is still half of the current F1 grid without seats for next season, all of whom could consider a possible move to Alpine. Drivers whose contracts expire at the end of the year include:

  • Carlos Sainz
  • Sergio Perez
  • Daniel Ricciardo
  • Yuki Tsunoda
  • Kevin Magnussen
  • Logan Sargeant
  • Pierre Gasly
  • Esteban Ocon
  • Zhou Guanyu
  • Valtteri Bottas