Alpine are confident they will find a home for their junior drivers like Guanyu Zhou, who leads the F2 title

Alpine have a confirmed line-up of Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon for the next few years at least, going for continuity instead of promoting their academy drivers such as Zhou and Oscar Piastri, both believed to be one of the hottest talents in Formula 2.

The pair sit first and second in the driver’s title, with only the first race in Bahrain and the second Baku sprint not having either driver on the podium. Christian Lundgaard and Victor Martins are also in the academy, with Martins impressing in Formula 3.

Mia Sharizman, Alpine’s Academy Director, has said she believes they will get a shot in Formula 1 at some point in the future.

“For us, it will be the same plan as from the beginning, it’s always to find a partner or customer team,” she said. “For us, that process will be more than usual compared to Mercedes or Red Bull, but yes we are confident we will eventually put these drivers up.”

Formula 2 will be in action in Silverstone this weekend, with Zhou holding a five-point lead over Piastri, with Robert Shwartzman a further seven points back.

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