Alpine staff principal Otmar Szafnauer just lately confirmed that whereas 2021 F2 world champion Oscar Piastri won’t make his free apply debut on the upcoming British GP, it won’t be lengthy earlier than he hits the street in an F1 Alpine. Reviews counsel that the French GP will witness Piastri’s FP1 debut.
As reported by Motorsport, when requested about Piastri, Szafnauer mentioned:
“We can let you know it received’t be Silverstone. But it surely’s not far off. The reply is we plan to place him within the automobile. It received’t be that far off, however we haven’t introduced it but.”
He additional mentioned:
“Oscar’s [Piastri] a shiny younger expertise coming by, as everyone knows. And he’s been testing final yr’s automobile. At extra than simply Silverstone. He’s accomplished a number of others and can do some extra sooner or later. And he’s doing very nicely. We’re contracted with Oscar and now we have some choices on him. So, there’s no actual have to hurry that, so we’ll take our time and on the proper second, inside the foolish season, we’ll take a look round and make these varieties of choices.”
Oscar Piastri is a reserve driver for Alpine and has beforehand pushed the A521 at a number of tracks as part of his function inside the staff. Nonetheless, hypothesis relating to a possible seat at Williams for the 2023 season has taken over the paddock.
Williams unlikely to hold out a mid-season driver change with Oscar Piastri
Oscar Piastri is rumored to interchange Nicholas Latifi and associate Alex Albon at Williams subsequent season. Williams staff boss Jost Capito confirmed that whereas he’s assured in regards to the 21-year-old’s place within the sport, the staff just isn’t seeking to change their line-up any time this season.
In a press convention forward of the Canadian Grand Prix, Capito mentioned:
“Oscar for positive is prepared to enter F1. I believe he’s one on the listing for positive. We’ve bought contracts for this yr. We stick with our drivers and we’re satisfied Nicky will discover the arrogance within the automobile by the season and his outcomes will probably be higher.”
Nicholas Latifi has been considerably outperformed by each teammates he has had in F1 up to now. Solely time will inform whether or not he’ll be capable of flip issues round and preserve his drive in F1.