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Alpine have announced their eight-strong academy line up

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Alpine has announced its impressive new academy line-up featuring F2, F3 and F1 Academy drivers. 

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Alpine appear to have a bright future ahead as it announces its biggest junior roster yet. The new lineup features juniors from all motorsport series and has doubled in size.

Following last year’s academy, Alpine has doubled the programme size and now has eight up-and-coming stars. The newcomers will join last year’s drivers Jack Doohan and Victor Martins.

Alpine has signed Formula 3 drivers, Gabriele Mini and Nikola Tsolov who will be competing in the championship for Hitech and ART respectively. The French team has also signed Abbi Pulling who will be competing in the inaugural F1 Academy season.

A young Brazillian driver, Matheus Ferreira, has also signed with the Alpine group and will be getting his first taste of single-seater racing this year as he will challenge in the Italian Formula 4 series.

Another, more experienced Formula 4 driver, Aiden Neate, has joined the programme. He is currently building experience in various regional Formulas. On top of this, the academy has signed a driver still in karts- 15-year-old Kean Nakamura.

Despite Laurent Rossi suggesting they scrap the programme, the Academy is now better than ever. This suggestion about the Alpine Academy was made when they considered disbanding after young talent Oscar Piastri jumped ships and moved to McLaren.

It was an issue of wasted time and money and Alpine felt that it was now worthless after they got no benefits from the driver development. The new growth of their academy proves their commitment to the younger divers.

Does Alpine have the strongest Academy?

The Alpine Academy director, Julian Rouse, told Formula 1 that the Alpine Academy line-up is the strongest ever. He is confident in all of his drivers in the various series and believes he will see the Alpine members fighting at the front.

“The 2023 Alpine Academy line-up is arguably the most competitive it’s ever been.”

Rouse wants his Formula 2 drivers, Doohan and Martins, to be fighting near the front. He also believes his Formula 3 drivers Tsolov and Mini “to be competitive from the get-go”.

The Alpine Academy and the Alpine brand are starting to work more collaboratively. As Alpine expand into different motorsport series Rouse wants to “start a much closer and collaborative project”. Rouse wants both divisions to work together. “We at the Academy aim to count on the expertise of Alpine’s various racing divisions”.

Oli Caldwell, a recent graduate of the programme, is now ready to compete in the World Endurance Championship with the Alpine team.

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