Oscar Piastri will make his Formula One debut with McLaren next year, kicking off the’silly season’ in high gear.

Alpine will race alongside Esteban Ocon, and speculation linking Pierre Gasly to the Renault-owned team appears to be correct.

Marko dismissed suggestions that Mick Schumacher might be a contender to replace Gasly at Red Bull’s Faenza-based secondary team.

“Franz Tost is close to him and believes in him,” Marko told Sport1, “but we will not deal with him as long as Mick Schumacher is in Ferrari’s support programme.”

On Thursday, Schumacher, 23, refused to say whether he had already been dropped by the Ferrari academy.

Another possibility is that IndyCar driver Colton Herta will get the seat.

“We’ve already considered who could replace Gasly, but we don’t want to make any announcements just yet. We have some superlicensed members of the junior squad “Marko stated.

When asked if Schumacher’s departure from Ferrari would affect things, he added: “We have our own programme, so our preferences are, of course, our own drivers.

“He had a rough start to the year but quickly improved. His speed at Silverstone, for example, was extremely impressive, despite a slight lack of consistency “Marko stated.

However, according to Schumacher’s uncle, Ralf Schumacher, American Herta – the son of well-known former Indycar driver Bryan Herta – would be the wrong choice for Alpha Tauri.

“Marketing is marketing,” said Schumacher Sr., “but sport is sport.” “I’d always use the current market.

“I don’t want to take anything away from the young man, but in the end, he had a test with McLaren, and if he had been the bomb, he would now be in the car instead of Piastri.”

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