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Alpine faces the difficult challenge of adapting to this summer's chaotic transfer market, as they find themselves with only one confirmed driver for 2023. 

There are several possible scenarios for the French squad, with Oscar Piastri's destination for next season yet to be fully determined.

In any case, there are many other drivers Alpine may consider partnering with Esteban Ocon in 2023.

Daniel Ricciardo is the favourite to sign with Alpine, as the 33-year-old looks for his next move after his failed McLaren venture.

Speaking of McLaren, many conclusions have been drawn from Ricciardo's time with the team in the last 18 months. One of these is that his level has significantly dropped, consistently qualifying and finishing behind teammate Lando Norris.

Despite taking McLaren's first victory in a decade at Monza last year, Ricciardo has struggled to perform at his usually high level.

There was optimism that the 2022 regulation change would provide Ricciardo with the opportunity to reset, but his troubles have persisted this year.

It would be unfair to overlook the races where he has been competitive, matching Lando Norris's pace in circuits such as Jeddah, Baku and Australia.

His mechanical failure when running in the points in Jeddah, alongside other weekends affected by problems (Miami in qualifying, the Spanish GP), have also not helped Ricciardo in finding his best form.


That said, Ricciardo's issues do not justify the 50-point deficit to his teammate in the standings. Norris has maintained a comfortable edge throughout the season and scored 80% of McLaren F1's points in this year's campaign.

Despite all these criticisms, the Australian's speed and tenacity cannot be overlooked, and it doesn't seem plausible that his pace disappeared after his fantastic 2020 season. 

Alpine might be concerned by Ricciardo's ability to adapt and adjust, but they will be more aware than most of what he can deliver.

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Pierre Gasly is another driver Alpine might consider as the Frenchman looks to find an exit from the Red Bull family. 

Gasly has expressed his gratitude for his time at Alpha Tauri, and so he should, after taking a series of podiums and a race victory for a team consistently in contention for points. 

However, this season has demonstrated the inevitable limitations of a "b-team" like Alpha Tauri. Gasly will be aware of this, having vocalised his ambitions to fight for more than top ten finishes. 

He has established himself as being consistent and dependable in the last few seasons, but there is still uncertainty about his ability to fight at the elite level. 

Alpine are currently the 4th placed constructor in F1, filled with the potential (as a manufacturer team) to climb further up the grid. 

With this in mind, they must decide whether a Gasly-Ocon pairing will be enough to fight for podiums and victories in the future. 

Whilst Gasly and Ricciardo are the favourites to take the seat, there are many more options to evaluate.

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Nico Hulkenberg's consistency cannot be overlooked, having performed brilliantly in the midfield for Force India (2014-16) and Renault (2017-19) before being replaced by Esteban Ocon. 

Many criticise Hulkenberg because of his failure to secure an F1 podium, but this argument ignores how rare midfield podium finishes were in the hybrid era pre-2020, with Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes dominating the top three positions. 

Hulkenberg is far from the most exciting or flashy option but would serve as a safe appointment providing Alpine with stability and consistent points.

Other more speculative candidates include Theo Pourchaire, the 18-year-old Frenchman currently a part of the Sauber Academy and second in the Formula 2 Standings.

If Alpine want to sign a young French driver with potential, they could look to surprise the F1 market and replace the departure of their academy star with the talent of another academy.

Hilariously, for all the above names mentioned, there is always the possibility that Oscar Piastri somehow makes his way back to the team.

Silly season is truly underway, and we eagerly await what it will offer next.