Alpine hoping to find 2022 F1 seats for Zhou and Lundgaard

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Alpine are hoping to find Formula 1 seats for academy drivers Guanyu Zhou and Christian Lundgaard in 2022, with both set to compete in F2 once again this season.

According to academy programme director Mia Sharizman, they are hopeful of finding a “solution” for both drivers and will consider them as options for a drive with Alpine, while also being open to talks with other teams on the grid.

Fernando Alonso was signed on a two-year deal to partner Esteban Ocon during the 2021 season, while the Frenchman is out of contract at the end of this year.

In addition to Zhou and Lundgard, 2020 F3 champion Oscar Piastri is part of the rebranded academy. Piastri will also drive in F2 in 2021.

“From our side, timing is everything,” Sharizman said, as reported by The Race. “We all know timing is everything in terms of moving up the ladder.

“Yes, we are at the stage where we have three drivers in Formula 2 who are capable of challenging for the title.

“And yes, we have been looking and anticipating it [an F1 move].

“It obviously started this year, to place them [in F1 in the future]. It’s something that I can’t divulge much more but yes, obviously we have our own team, our own seat that we can control, that we are looking at for our Formula 2 drivers.

“And at the same time, we are looking to Formula 1 as a general market.”