Alpine exaggerated Piastri’s financial backing says Webber

Renault-owned Alpine has grossly overstated the millions in support supposedly ploughed into Oscar Piastri’s preparation for Formula 1. That is the view of Piastri’s fellow Australian and manager Mark Webber, who has come under fire for the way the 21-year-old baulked at an Alpine seat for 2023 in favour of a debut race deal with McLaren. “Alpine knew that position before that statement went out, which was all the more frustrating for Oscar. Throughout the saga, Alpine emphasised the millions in funding the team ploughed into Piastri’s preparation for F1 through the development program. Ultimately, the CRB sided with Piastri and McLaren – leaving the young driver in the awkward situation of still being contracted to serve as Alpine’s simulator and reserve driver for the remainder of 2022.

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