Hey everyone, welcome to another edition of “Rumour Round-Up” and as with the others, all the stories contained within this are to be taken with a grain of salt and haven’t been officially substantiated but are things that are being talked about in the world of “F1” that may be interesting, could turn out to be true, or simply plain wrong. Without further delay, here is Rumour Roundup… For many, the last few days have been full of surprises as far as the driver market for 2023 is concerned. Sebastian Vettel set the ball rolling by announcing his retirement. This was followed up by Fernando Alonso confirming that he will replace Vettel at Aston Martin. Rumours have since come up regarding who might take Alonso’s place at Alpine Link to poll: https://www.youtube.com/post/Ugkxt9n4T5ZTiqvHKlkmEonagHJclnVn5FtE 0:00 - Disclaimer 0:18 - Ricciardo To Replace Alonso At Alpine Ricciardo To Replace Alonso At Alpine The latest rumours suggest that current McLaren driver Daniel Ricciardo is allegedly the favourite to replace Alonso Ricciardo previously drove for Alpine in 2019 and 2020 when they were racing under the Renault name As per French publication Autohebdo’s sources, Alpine are seriously considering bringing Ricciardo back. While many people expect reserve driver Oscar Piastri to replace Alonso next year, supposedly, Alpine want a more experienced driver as they already have a young driver in the form of Esteban Ocon Daniel already has history with the team and given his current struggles at McLaren, this move is seemingly quite plausible All this being said, Daniel does have a contract with McLaren and he has always reiterated that he wants to stay put whenever this topic has been breached in the past The counterpoint to all this is the ongoing drama at Alpine. The team were quick to announce Oscar Piastri as Alonso’s replacement but Piastri released a statement of his own refuting any agreement with Alpine Many see this as confirmation of Piastri heading to McLaren given how brazen his statement was Alpine team principal Otmar Szafnaeur has since responded to these suggestions as quoted by Autosport “I’m not privy to whatever pre-arrangements he has with McLaren, if any at all but I hear the same rumours that you do in the pitlane. But what I do know is that he does have contractual obligations to us. And we do to him. And we've been honouring those obligations all year” He then spoke about a legal contract being in place “So therefore we do have a legal contract with him into the future for '23. And if an option is taken up, for '24. So I don't know what he's done with McLaren. Like I said, I'm not privy to that” He signed off by responding to whether they would consider bringing Ricciardo back “I don't think that's an issue at all. I think what we need to focus on is, like I say, the plans that we have for the next 89-88 races [of our 100 race plan]” Should Daniel Ricciardo sign with Alpine?