Oscar Piastri's F1 future has been an area of intense discussion this season, with the Formula 2 and Formula 3 champion almost unanimously recognised as F1-calibre.
However, the Australian's path to F1 is incomplete, with Alpine's current driver lineup of Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso complicating Piastri's entry into the series.
Ocon has a long-term contract with the team, performing solidly and consistently enough to secure his future in F1 for the foreseeable future.
Fernando Alonso, meanwhile, is in a slightly less secure position. The Spaniard's contract expires at the end of 2022, with the possibility of Alpine prioritising Piastri's long-term development over Alonso seeming legitimate.
However, rumours have emerged that Piastri will not make his F1 debut with Alpine next year but will replace Nicholas Latifi at Williams for 2023.
This rumour has gained some traction in recent days and weeks, with Tom Coronel saying on the racingnews365 podcast that he believes Piastri signed a contract with Williams for the 2023 season at the Monaco GP.
Coronel also expects Alpine to maintain Fernando Alonso for 2023, meaning the French team's lineup will be unchanged going into the second year of these new regulations.
Alonso's age has made his F1 future a subject of debate for some time, but Alpine seems confident the Double World Champion has the pace to continue with the team.
Despite Alonso frequently citing a third world championship as his primary source of motivation, Alonso has openly expressed that he is happy competing in F1, making his desire to continue in F1 clear.
This means Alpine will be forced to decide between Alonso and Piastri. A decision between the two will be difficult for Alpine to make, so securing Piastri a seat at Williams seems like the best of both worlds.
If he does secure a Williams seat for 2023, Oscar Piastri will have to prove himself alongside Alex Albon to give Alpine another headache when deciding on their 2024 lineup.