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Following the events of last week, Alpine's Otmar Szafnauer has spoken about how many drivers have contacted him regarding a 2023 seat and how many will be seriously considered.

Alpine's F1 world was turned upside down by Fernando Alonso's departure to Aston Martin, shortly followed by Oscar Piastri declaring his commitment to another outfit for next season.  

Szafnauer told that Alpine first wants to understand the legal implications of their contract with Piastri before considering the numerous options available to them:

"We have a contract with Piastri, and we have to understand where that takes us legally. We think, and that's why we issued the statement, that we have a binding contract. 

"We are going to spend some time studying where this takes us. If Piastri is not in the car - which I think he will be- I have like fourteen calls from drivers that are interested because the Alpine seat is the most valuable one remaining...

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"It does not surprise me that so many have contacted us, but of those fourteen, four will remain on the final list. And among those is Piastri."

Szafnauer still believes Piastri can compete for Alpine next season, but there is still uncertainty regarding the legalities of his agreements with Alpine and McLaren. 

If Alpine cannot acquire Piastri's services, Szafanuer is confident that a suitable candidate will be selected from the "fourteen" drivers that have already contacted the team. 

It would be unsurprising if Alpine still assembles a strong pairing for next season, as there are several drivers available on the F1 market who could become valuable assets to the team.

Still, the French team will hope their investment in Piastri's development does not result in another constructor reaping the rewards as they work to prevent the 21-year-old from leaving.