The workforce introduced Valtteri Bottas for subsequent 12 months on Monday and, with the bulletins of George Russell at Mercedes and Alex Albon’s transfer to Williams following that, the second Alfa seat stays the largest query mark of the foolish season.
Vasseur is now not contractually dedicated to take a Ferrari Driver Academy member and, whereas incumbent Antonio Giovinazzi might nonetheless retain the seat, the workforce is protecting its choices open.
The Italian is known to nonetheless be Ferrari’s most well-liked choice, though there have been solutions that Mick Schumacher may very well be switched throughout from Haas.
Alpine junior Guanyu Zhou is known to be Giovinazzi’s foremost competitors, and has a big price range from China behind him.
Zhou at present lies second on the F2 standings, however the collection nonetheless has half its season to run, with 4 race weekends remaining at Monza, Sochi, Jeddah and Abu Dhabi – that means the season’s outcomes won’t be determined till 12 December.
Though he didn’t title Zhou, Vasseur made it clear that he’s ready for the F2 season to develop: “The selection is essential. Now we have some younger children that have to do extra races. And we cannot be capable of have a transparent image earlier than.”
Vasseur advised early within the Zandvoort weekend that he was cautious of taking a rookie as a result of a scarcity of testing, however having confirmed Bottas as his lead driver he now admits that it’s a chance.
He’s eager to ultimately run protege and ART driver Theo Pourchaire, however he has beforehand indicated that 2022 could be too early for the 18-year-old. Pourchaire at present lies sixth within the F2 championship, however might but transfer up the order.
Théo Pourchaire, Alfa Romeo
Picture by: Alfa Romeo
The possibility for Nyck de Vries, who missed out on the Williams seat that went to Alex Albon, seems to have receded.
“Every thing is open, together with Antonio,” Vasseur instructed Autosport/Motorsport.com. “Antonio is doing a very good job. However I believe that to have the ability to recruit and to welcome Valtteri is a big alternative for us.
“Then it would not matter if the teammate is a rookie or an skilled man, we are going to advantage of the expertise and the velocity of Valtteri.
“I will not make any touch upon who’s on the checklist and who shouldn’t be. On a few of them it is appears to be like a bit troublesome because of the hyperlink they’ve with engine suppliers.
“Now we have a contract with Ferrari, and it appears to be like troublesome to do these sorts of offers, or unattainable. And let’s have a look at concerning the others.”
Vasseur advised that Giovinazzi, who certified seventh at Zandvoort, nonetheless has an opportunity to justify retaining the seat.
“I believe that with Antonio, let’s have a look at over the subsequent two or three occasions,” mentioned Vasseur.
“However maybe he has turned the web page of the previous, and this case may very well be a very good wake-up name additionally. I need to have a transparent image earlier than I take any choices with my shareholders.”