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Alpine's 2023 lineup ‘better' than original plan – boss

Nov.22 Team boss Otmar Szafnauer says Alpine's 2023 teammate is 'better' than the Renault-owned team's original plan. The Enstone based team had intended to pair the continuing Esteban Ocon with Oscar Piastri next year – before rookie Piastri denied his 2023 contract was valid and he signed with McLaren. 'I am happy because our lineup with Esteban and Pierre (Gasly) is better than it would have been if we had won that (Piastri) case,' Szafnauer told AS newspaper. He was asked, however, if Fernando Alonso alongside Ocon would have been even better. 'Good question,' Szafnauer answered. 'This year we have had a great driver lineup, Fernando has done a fabulous job and he is still...
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