Oscar’s Piastri’s bombshell Alpine snub might effectively show expensive for McLaren star Daniel Ricciardo. Piastri shocked the Components 1 world on Tuesday night, after claiming he wouldn’t be racing for Alpine in 2023.
This got here after the French-owned constructors had confirmed that the present reserve driver could be stepping as much as take one in all their two driver spots for subsequent marketing campaign, after it was introduced that Fernando Alonso was on his approach to Aston Martin. An Alpine assertion learn: “After 4 years as a part of the Renault and Alpine household, Reserve Driver Oscar Piastri is promoted to a race seat alongside Esteban Ocon ranging from 2023.”
Remarkably although, the 21-year-old from Melbourne got here out together with his personal assertion on social media, claiming that there was no settlement in place and that he wouldn’t be racing for Alpine subsequent yr. Piastri stated: “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.
“That is improper and I’ve not signed a contract with Alpine for 2023. I can’t be driving for Alpine subsequent yr.” Amid the chaos, one man who might effectively be closely affected by Piastri’s snub is his fellow Australian, and F1 stalwart Ricciardo.
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“Ricciardo, possibly it appears to be like extra like, truly, McLaren will are available in with a late provide for Oscar Piastri and nick him from below Williams’ nostril and provide him Daniel Ricciardo’s seat for 2023. Clearly, that would go away Daniel Ricciardo possibly going to drive for McLaren some place else (in one other racing sequence) or doing one thing else altogether.”
Addressing Piastri’s McLaren hyperlinks, Alpine boss Otmar Szafnauer stated on Tuesday: “I’m not aware of no matter pre-arrangements he has with McLaren, if any in any respect. However I hear the identical rumours that you just do within the pitlane. However what I do know is that he does have contractual obligations to us. And we do to him. And we’ve been honouring these obligations all yr.”