Oscar Piastri Refuses to Race for the Alpine F1 team, Signs Pre-Contract Deal with McLaren?


Oscar Piastri
Fresh after the Aston Martin Racing F1 team announced that Fernando Alonso will replace Sebastian Vettel in 2023, the Spaniard’s soon-to-be-former team, Alpine F1 announced that Oscar Piastri will replace him next season. However, the Australian driver did not share the same view, for within hours he took to his social media to denounce any such development.
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“I understand that, without my agreement, Alpine F1 has put out a press release late this afternoon that I am driving for them next year. This is wrong and I have not signed a contract with Alpine for 2023. I will not be driving for Alpine next year,” Piastri said on Twitter.
Earlier this year Piastri had also joined McLaren39s pool of F1 reserve drivers
Earlier this year Piastri had also joined McLaren’s pool of F1 reserve drivers

Alpine’s desire to keep Alonso for at least one more year of the contract is what convinced Oscar Piastri and his manager, former F1 driver, Mark Webber to look for other options.

This denouncement also opens up and confirms several speculations. For starters, Oscar Piastri will not be racing Alpine next season. He still hopes to race for McLaren next season, and the British team has also signed a pre-contract deal with him, as per ESPN.

McLaren is Alpine’s direct rival for fourth in this year’s constructors’ championship battle. Currently, the team has Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris under contract to race till the next season.

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However, after Piastri’s tweet and coupled with the fact that Ricciardo’s association with McLaren hasn’t panned out very successfully. The fight for a seat in the orange MCL36 is now all the more evident.

Daniel Ricciardo does hold certain exit clauses on his side to terminate his contract with McLaren prematurely. And if that happens, then we might see him go back to Alpine, where he raced in 2019 and 2020 when the team was called Renault.

After losing out on a two-time world champion and a driver, who many see as the future world champion – Alpine faces quite the loss. Especially, SINCE the French team has made significant investments in Piastri’s career, including a 5,000 km testing programme of F1 machinery.