After Oscar Piastri refused to drive for Alpine F1 crew, the widespread query appears to be if the motive force already has higher affords
Oscar Piastri might very properly be the subsequent new driver in F1 however his F1 seat shouldn’t be confirmed as of now. Piastri was introduced by Alpine as Aston Martin-bound Fernando Alonso’s substitute for 2023 earlier on Tuesday however the Australian driver then took to Twitter and Instagram to insist in any other case. Piastri’s denial actually raises questions if the motive force has already obtained affords from different high F1 groups.
In an official assertion, Alpine introduced: “BWT Alpine F1 Group confirms 21-year-old reserve driver Oscar Piastri as Esteban Ocon’s teammate ranging from 2023. In step with the commitments made by the crew to the younger Australian, Oscar will probably be promoted to race driver and step in Fernando Alonso’s seat from subsequent yr onwards.”
Nevertheless, issues took a flip when Piastri publicly denied Alpine’s supply. “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 unsuitable and I’ve not signed a contract with Alpine for 2023.I can’t be driving for Alpine subsequent yr“, wrote Piastri on social media.
Is Oscar Piastri’s Alpine snub dangerous want for Daniel Ricciardo?
Oscar Piastri’s bombshell Alpine snub might properly show pricey for McLaren star Daniel Ricciardo. The 21-year-old has been closely linked with a transfer to McLaren for subsequent season, and the person making manner for him might properly be Ricciardo. In July, it was reported that Piastri’s supervisor and former driver Mark Webber was pushing for a transfer to the Woking-based crew.
McLaren will are available in with a late supply for Oscar Piastri and nick him from underneath Williams’ nostril and supply him Daniel Ricciardo’s seat for 2023 as per rumours.
Addressing Piastri’s McLaren hyperlinks, Alpine boss Otmar Szafnauer mentioned on Tuesday: “I’m not aware about no matter pre-arrangements he has with McLaren, if any in any respect. However I hear the identical rumours that you simply 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.”