F1: Alpine announces Oscar Piastri as driver for 2023… and he rejects them


Oscar Piastrireserve and current pilot formula 2 championwas confirmed this Tuesday by the team Alpine as successor to the two-time world champion, Fernando Alonso, despite not having a negotiation or confirmation from the young Australian, so hours later he denied his signing with the French.

On Tuesday afternoon, French time, the leader of Alpine, Otmar Szafnauerpublished a message through the team’s networks congratulating and naming piastri as the new starting driver for the 2023 season.

The BWT Alpine F1 team confirms the 21-year-old reserve driver, Oscar Piastri, as Esteban Ocon’s teammate from 2023. In line with the commitments made by the team with the young Australian, Oscar will be promoted to regular driver and will occupy the Fernando Alonso’s seat from next year.

The problem is that the team chose to announce this signing without first consulting Piastriso the current Formula 2 champion responded with the following message through his Twitter account:

I understand that, without my consent, Alpine has put out a press release in the late afternoon saying that I will be driving for them next year. This is wrong, and I have not signed a contract with Alpine for 2023. I’m not driving for Alpine next year.

The Melbourne-born did not expect to have a starting place in the team for the following season, so together with his manager, the former pilot Mark Webberhave sought accommodation in other teams, with McLaren sounding like the most likely destination.

Alpine’s announcement and this misunderstanding with Piastri arises from the sudden departure of the Spanish rider Fernando Alonsowho yesterday announced that he is retiring from the French team to join the team Aston Martin Cognizant.

For its part, the place in the English team was released on July 28, when the 4-time world champion Sebastian Vettel announced his retirement of motorsport after more than 290 Grand Prix in the highest category.

(With information from Reuters and Brand)

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