Piastri F1 contract saga made Szafnauer look ‘foolish’

F1’s Contract Recognition Board dominated earlier this month that McLaren had received their battle towards Alpine for the providers of Piastri, who will exchange Daniel Ricciardo at McLaren subsequent season. 

Forward of the CRB listening to, Szafnauer expressed confidence in Alpine’s declare that they had an settlement in place with Piastri to be promoted from the position of reserve and make his F1 debut with the French producer in 2023. 

The Alpine chief accused Piastri of a scarcity of “integrity” over the younger Australian’s refusal to drive for the crew subsequent 12 months. 

In distinction, McLaren’s hierarchy avoided commenting till a verdict was reached. 

“It was very noisy, however we actually haven’t commented on something. I feel it was higher simply to let issues play out and provides a bit little bit of color afterwards,” Brown instructed NBC Sports activities. 

“In case you have a look at the entire feedback by Otmar he was giving a bit play-by-play of the CRB and the way assured they have been, and now I feel he appears a bit foolish.

“That’s why it’s greatest to maintain your mouth shut, and we will discuss it after the very fact when there’s one thing concrete to say.”

Brown mentioned McLaren have been assured the CRB would rule of their favour and so didn’t really feel the necessity to remark publicly on the matter. 

“Earlier than the CRB ruling, they did not know what they did not know and we saved our mouths shut intentionally,” he defined. 

“Now that ruling has come out and a number of the element, I feel it is clear what occurred there.

“So we recognised there was plenty of noise, however we knew the reality would come out finally and we might experience it out, versus giving a operating commentary.

“On the time we weren’t oblivious to the noise and a number of the direct message notes I obtained from followers. However now we’re very comfy that the CRB ruling has come out, and that is very clear there.”

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