Oscar Piastri denies Alpine announcement and says he can be driving elsewhere in Formulation 1 2023

Alpine had introduced that they had promoted Oscar Piastri to switch Fernando Alonso – however Piastri says press launch wasn’t agreed by him and provides: “I can’t be driving for Alpine subsequent yr”; Piastri has been linked closely with McLaren, with Daniel Ricciardo’s future unsure

Final Up to date: 02/08/22 7:51pm


Oscar Piastri has refuted Alpine’s declare that they’ve signed him for Formulation 1 2023 and insists – in a dramatic twist to the game’s switch ‘foolish season’ – that he can be driving elsewhere as an alternative.

Alpine had mentioned that Piastri, who’s at the moment their reserve driver, was being promoted to switch Fernando Alonso.

The press launch had no quotes from Piastri, fuelling speak that the highly-rated Australian had not been consulted.

Hours afterward Tuesday night, Piastri posted on social media to say that Alpine didn’t have his permission to verify his signing and, extremely, that he won’t drive for the French outfit who’ve moulded his profession.

“I perceive that, with out my settlement, Alpine F1 have put out a press launch late this afternoon that I’m driving for them subsequent yr,” mentioned Piastri.

“That is incorrect and I’ve not signed a contract with Alpine for 2023. I can’t be driving for Alpine subsequent yr.”

There may be intense hypothesis that Piastri will as an alternative drive for McLaren for 2023, with the Woking group having been involved with the 21-year-old earlier than Alpine knew that they had a seat out there.

Alpine, nonetheless, imagine Piastri has a contractual obligation to drive for them subsequent yr.

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Sky Sports activities Information have been advised that the deadline for Piastri’s clause to be activated and ensure him as an Alpine driver expired two days in the past, on July thirty first – however that is unconfirmed by Alpine.

Williams and McLaren have been excited about Piastri if the circumstances have been proper, however solely the previous can at the moment make a transfer for him – with Nicholas Latifi’s deal but to be renewed.

Why has Piastri turned Alpine down, and what now?

When Alonso’s stunning transfer to Aston Martin was confirmed on Monday, Alpine rapidly turned their consideration to Piastri – though earlier on Tuesday morning group boss Otmar Szafnauer admitted there was no settlement.

Quickly after, Alpine’s announcement mentioned Piastri would drive for them from ‘2023 onwards’ to accomplice Esteban Ocon.

However Piastri has different plans, and his bombshell represented a outstanding flip of occasions within the driver market.

Piastri has been a part of the Renault junior academy for 4 years, throughout which era he has received each the Formulation Three and Formulation Two titles, following within the esteemed footsteps of Charles Leclerc and George Russell.

Martin Brundle is joined by F2 Champion Oscar Piastri trackside at Turn 10 to discuss his role as Alpine reserve driver

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Martin Brundle is joined by F2 Champion Oscar Piastri trackside at Flip 10 to debate his position as Alpine reserve driver

Martin Brundle is joined by F2 Champion Oscar Piastri trackside at Flip 10 to debate his position as Alpine reserve driver

He missed out on a seat for 2022 and as an alternative turned Alpine’s reserve driver, though his status is such that he seemingly has quite a few groups battling for his signature with out ever having raced in F1.

Williams are within the hunt, whereas if Piastri does make the swap to McLaren, that might put Daniel Ricciardo’s future in big doubt.

Ricciardo has underperformed since becoming a member of McLaren in 2021 and, whereas he insists he’ll see out his contract till the tip of 2023, McLaren have hinted of getting ‘choices’ to get out early.

If Ricciardo did lose his seat, he may make an surprising return to the Renault household. Ricciardo joined McLaren from Renault, earlier than the group took the title of area of interest efficiency sub-brand Alpine.

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