August 18, 2022

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Q1: Oscar Piastri denies he has joined Alpine for 2023

The F2 Champion is presently Alpine’s reserve driver (Image: Getty)

Oscar Piastri has stated he has not agreed to drive for Alpine F1 Staff subsequent season – simply hours after the workforce introduced him for 2023.

The younger Australian, who graduated from the Alpine/Renault academy, is presently the workforce’s reserve driver after they had been unable to search out him for this season.

However after Fernando Alonso shockingly introduced he was leaving Alpine for Aston Martin on Monday, Piastri was anticipated to switch him and on Tuesday night time the workforce introduced simply that.

“2023 Driver Lineup Confirmed: Esteban Ocon and Oscar Piastri,” the workforce’s Twitter account posted.

“After 4 years as a part of the Renault and Alpine households, reserve driver Oscar Piastri might be promoted to a racing seat alongside Esteban Ocon from 2023.”

Nonetheless, lower than two hours after that announcement, Piastri tweeted: “I perceive that with out my consent, Alpine F1 issued a press launch late this afternoon that I might be racing for them subsequent yr.

“That’s mistaken and I haven’t signed a contract with Alpine for 2023. I gained’t be driving for Alpine subsequent yr.”

Piastri is claimed to have been irritated that he didn’t get a experience for 2022 and a part of his take care of Alpine is claimed to incorporate a launch clause ought to they not give him one for subsequent season, both at Alpine or on mortgage to a different workforce.

All through the season he has been linked with a mortgage transfer to Williams however he seems bored with going there and final month it was reported he was pushing for a transfer to McLaren to switch compatriot Daniel Ricciardo .

On Tuesday morning, Alpine workforce boss Otmar Szafnauer held a press convention wherein he admitted Alonso’s departure caught him unexpectedly and stated that whereas Piastri was their first selection as a substitute, the deal had not been finalized.

‘His supervisor [former Red Bull driver Mark Webber] is in Australia, there’s a little time distinction, however I’ve tried to succeed in Mark, texted him a number of instances and emailed him a bit, so give us slightly time.

“However you’re proper, Oscar is our primary candidate and we are going to try this.”


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