Oscar Piastri denies Alpine announcement and says he will drive elsewhere in 2023 Formula 1


Oscar Piastri has refuted Alpine’s claim that he was signed for 2023 Formula 1 and insists, in a dramatic twist to the sport’s ‘silly season’ of transfers, that he will drive elsewhere.

Alpine had said that Piastri, who is currently its reserve driver, was being promoted to replace Fernando Alonso.

The press release had no citations from Piastri, sparking rumors that the highly rated Australian had not been consulted.

Hours later on Tuesday night, Piastri posted on social media that Alpine did not have his permission to confirm his signing and, incredibly, that he will not be racing for the French team that has shaped his career.

“I understand that, without my consent, Alpine F1 have issued a press release in the late afternoon that I will be driving for them next year,” Piastri said.

“This is wrong and I have not signed a contract with Alpine for 2023. I will not be driving for Alpine next year.”

There is intense speculation that Piastri will drive for McLaren in 2023, as the 21-year-old was contacted by the Woking team before Alpine knew they had a seat available.

Alpine, however, believes that Piastri has a contractual obligation to drive for them next year.

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Sky sports news They have been told that the deadline to activate Piastri’s clause and confirm him as an Alpine driver expired two days ago, on July 31, but Alpine has not confirmed this.

Williams and McLaren have both been interested in Piastri if the circumstances were right, but only the former can make a move for him currently, with Nicholas Latifi’s deal yet to be renewed.

Why did Piastri reject Alpine and now what?

When Alonso’s surprise move to Aston Martin was confirmed on Monday, Alpine quickly turned their attention to Piastri, although team boss Otmar Szafnauer admitted there was no deal on Tuesday morning.

Shortly after, Alpine’s announcement said that Piastri would drive for them from “2023 onwards” with his partner Esteban Ocon.

But Piastri has other plans, and his bombshell represented a remarkable turnaround in the driver market.

Piastri has been part of Renault’s junior academy for four years, during which time he has won the Formula Three and Formula Two titles, following in the esteemed footsteps of Charles Leclerc and George Russell.

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He missed out on a seat for 2022 and instead became Alpine’s reserve driver, although his reputation is such that he apparently has several teams fighting for his signature without ever having raced in F1.

Williams is on the hunt, while if Piastri moves to McLaren, that would put Daniel Ricciardo’s future in doubt.

Ricciardo has underperformed since joining McLaren in 2021 and while he insists he will serve out his contract until the end of 2023, McLaren has hinted he has “options” to leave early.

If Ricciardo were to lose his seat, he could unexpectedly return to the Renault family. Ricciardo joined McLaren from Renault, before the team took the name from the niche performance sub-brand Alpine.

Di Resta: Must have secured a contract elsewhere

Paul Di Resta is surprised by Oscar Piastri's rejection of an alpine seat next season and believes the young Australian has another seat lined up for 2022.

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Paul Di Resta is surprised by Oscar Piastri’s rejection of an alpine seat next season and believes the young Australian has another seat lined up for 2022.

Paul Di Resta is surprised by Oscar Piastri’s rejection of an alpine seat next season and believes the young Australian has another seat lined up for 2022.

Sky Sports’ Paul Di Resta was surprised by the news that Piastri would not be driving for Alpine and admitted he had not even heard rumors of Alonso leaving the team.

“Yeah, it’s very strange. I think the whole paddock was shocked yesterday going into the summer break when the silly season starts with the drivers’ contracts,” Di Resta said.

“Fernando going to Aston, I hadn’t heard of it anywhere, I think my teammates hadn’t either and it also took Otmar Szafnauer by surprise.

“That has led to what has obviously happened with Piastri, who has been an Alpine junior.

“They have been putting pressure on him, saying how good he is and where that seat is going to go and even trying to get him into the Formula 1 paddock because he is an asset for them in the future.

“Now, that statement that he’s made, I find it very surprising that he’s turning down a team that’s in the top four and with a great upward trajectory, that you wouldn’t want to drive for them.”

With Piastri making such a strong statement, Di Resta believes he must have secured a seat at another team for next season because he thought Alonso would stay at Alpine for 2023.

“That can only mean that you have another seat secured elsewhere,” he added.

“Where is he going to drive? Is it McLaren? Is it Williams? Where does that leave Daniel Ricciardo?

“I’m not quite sure where that’s going to happen.

“You have this junior who is so well qualified because of what he has done in the junior classes and to sit him on the sidelines and now have him racing and invest all these tests on several different circuits.

“Putting him in a car was what Alpine had, but obviously he feels like he’s going to drive somewhere else.”

“Obviously he made that decision thinking that Alonso would stay and he felt like he was part of the furniture and it would be obvious that he would continue.”

“I felt like he was going to be loaned out to another team, maybe a Williams to bring him in like George Russell did and I could see that it was a path and the future was bright.”

“He’s going to be a credit to the sport, whatever car he’s in, because his driving on the track is the talk and he’s going to be an asset to the paddock and the Formula 1 driver market, it’s fair. where you will be”. be placed now. We’re all sitting on the fence.”

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