Szafnauer appears to be like “slightly foolish” after Piastri F1 contract feedback

Piastri will race for McLaren subsequent 12 months after F1’s Contract Recognition Board (CRB) dominated Alpine’s declare it had an settlement in place with the Australian for subsequent 12 months was not appropriate.

Forward of the CRB listening to, Alpine workforce boss Szafnauer stated at Spa he was “very” assured Alpine would win the case, in addition to questioning Piastri’s integrity given all of Alpine’s assist for him. 

McLaren Racing CEO Brown and F1 workforce principal Andreas Seidl kept away from commenting on the case till it the consequence was introduced, an method that Brown felt was wiser in the long term.

“Earlier than the CRB ruling, they did not know what they did not know and we stored our mouths shut intentionally,” stated Brown on the IndyCar Laguna Seca finale final week.

“Now that ruling has come out and a few of the element, I believe it is clear what occurred there. So we recognised there was a variety of noise, however we knew the reality would come out finally and we may experience it out, versus giving a working commentary.

“On the time we weren’t oblivious to the noise and a few 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.”

Otmar Szafnauer, Team Principal, Alpine F1, in the team principals Press Conference

Otmar Szafnauer, Workforce Principal, Alpine F1, within the workforce principals Press Convention

Picture by: FIA Pool

Brown stated the choice to maintain quiet on the Piastri ruling was not influenced by the contract wrangling regarding Alex Palou in IndyCar, the place each McLaren and Chip Ganassi Racing claimed to have a deal in place with him for 2023.

Palou introduced on Wednesday he could be staying at Ganassi for 2023, however has an F1 testing settlement in place with McLaren.

Brown stated the Piastri and Palou instances have been “two completely separate points that sadly got here collectively on the identical time” and led to some fan backlash.

“It was very noisy, however we have not actually commented on something over right here [in IndyCar] both,” stated Brown.

“It is best to let issues play out, and we can provide slightly color afterwards. If you happen to have a look at Otmar’s feedback, he was giving a play-by-play on the CRB and the way assured they have been, and now I believe he appears to be like slightly foolish.

“So I believe that is why it is best to maintain our mouths shut and touch upon it afterwards when there’s one thing concrete to say.”

As soon as the CRB introduced Piastri’s contract with McLaren was the one legitimate deal for 2023, the workforce wasted no time in asserting him as a part of its line-up from subsequent 12 months, changing Daniel Ricciardo.

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