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Szafnauer: Alpine had talks with Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo at the Japanese GP. Credits: @OsOfficialF1 (Twitter).

Alpine team principal Otmar Szafnauer admitted that they contacted Daniel Ricciardo regarding a possible reunion for 2023.

Alpine had to look for a new driver for the 2023 season after Oscar Piastri’s switch to McLaren. Earlier, Szafnauer did not rule out Ricciardo’s return to the team. However, the Enstone-based outfit decided to sign Pierre Gasly.

Nevertheless, Szafnauer revealed that Alpine had talked with Ricciardo.

“Well, at the beginning [of the driver search], we did have discussions with a few drivers, including Daniel,” he said.

“[But] Pierre meets the criteria that I said, to a T: he’s experienced, fast, and young.

“So, when it became evident that Pierre was a possibility, we made our shortlist even shorter.”

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