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Daniel Ricciardo's future has become uncertain, as recent developments all but confirm that Oscar Piastri will replace him at McLaren in 2023. 

The 21-year-old is evidently seen as a key component in McLaren's future, as the Woking team looks to assemble a potentially formidable Piastri-Norris partnership.

Whilst there are no guarantees Piastri will meet expectations, this is no consolation for Ricciardo, who must find another team for next season.

According to racingnews365, Ricciardo has been informed that he will be replaced at McLaren for 2023 and has begun the search to find another team. 

In the last week, there have been consistent reports that Ricciardo will target Alpine as his next destination, potentially returning to the team he originally left for the papaya squad. 

Alpine has been at the centre of this summer's highly chaotic transfer saga, which has left the French team without Fernando Alonso and Oscar Piastri and an unfilled seat for next season. 

Team Enstone has no academy drivers in contention for an F1 seat and will turn to the drivers currently on the grid for their next signing.

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The most obvious candidates for Alpine are Ricciardo and Gasly, who - ironically - both have contracts for next season. 

On this point, McLaren is willing to pay the price for prematurely ending Ricciardo's deal, whatever the cost. With this situation (relatively) solved, the 33-year-old will enter discussions with Alpine.

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Pierre Gasly, meanwhile, will look for an opportunity to leave the Red Bull set-up, which has been nothing but a dead end for the young Frenchman.

Gasly is contracted to continue with Alpha Tauri, but racingnews365 has previously reported that his contract has an exit clause allowing him to leave if he is approached by a higher-placed team than Alpha Tauri.

Either way, considering the events of the last week, Gasly is unlikely to allow his current contract to be his limiting factor in potential talks. 

Gasly is an established driver looking to join a long-term project, having spent several years with a B-team. Though Alpha Tauri is a solid and respectable constructor, Alpine's potential for growth will surely incentivise Gasly to push for this vacant seat. 

Ricciardo's market value has taken a hit in the last 18 months, but this does not mean he cannot perform at a high level and once again benefit the Alpine squad.

Negotiations will already be taking place, as reports have emerged that Ricciardo has already made contact with Alpine.