After Renault has been re-branded to Alpine, the new French team has announced on Wednesday their Academy driver line-up.
Some of the drivers that were already part of the Academy have been confirmed for the next season as well, for instance: Guanyu Zhou, Christian Lundgaard, Oscar Piastri, and Caio Collet. Finally, a new face will join the Alpine Academy, Victor Martins.
The Chinese driver will enter his third year with the team and he will still be driving for UNI-Virtuosi in Formula 2. Last season, Zhou, achieved some great results and he also won his first race in Russia, becoming the first Chinese driver to win a race in an international single-seater championship.
Lundgaard will start his fifth year with the Academy. The nineteen-years-old will still be racing for ART Grand Prix in Formula 2 after driving a great rookie season collecting two wins and four podiums.
Another driver of the Alpine Academy who will be racing in F2 is the reigning Formula 3 champion, Oscar Piastri. The Australian will start his rookie year with the reining champions, PREMA Racing.
Finally, both Caio and Victor will make their step-up into Formula 3. The two young drivers who competed in the Formula Renault Eurocup last year will drive for MP Motorsport. In the last season, Victor won the Formula Renault Championship, while Caio finished second right behind his future teammate.
Alpine Academy Director, Mia Sharizman: “The Academy enters an important phase in its growth since we started the programme in 2016. On paper, this year we have a very experienced line-up. […] For Zhou it’s his third year in the series and it’s time for him to combine his experience and potential to win the title. We also have high expectations for Christian who can challenge for the title this year having shown us all glimpses of his potential last season. Whilst for Oscar, who is the rookie in Formula 2 for us, enters this year with great confidence after winning the Formula 3 crown last year. Our driver pairing in Formula 3 this year is also very strong, with last year’s Eurocup champion Victor and runner-up Caio racing for MP Motorsport.
Laurent Rossi, Chief Executive Officer of Alpine Cars: “We are proud to announce the Academy’s sixth ever driver line-up and its first as part of the Alpine Racing universe. Having a young driver programme is part of our DNA as a race team and as in previous years, the Academy will draw benefits from the development of the Formula 1 team. The Academy’s goal has been to develop and push our young drivers into Formula 1 to become a champion with the F1 team, and we remain committed as ever to see this goal achieved.”