Alpine F1 team in disarray as Oscar Piastri denies he will drive for them

The team announced on Tuesday afternoon that Piastri would replace Alonso, only for the Australian driver to then issue his own statement denying he would be driving for Alpine as the row now heads into the hands of the lawyers. After the Spaniard made his decision to join Aston Martin clear, Alpine acted swiftly to assert that they would exercise their contract with the 21-year-old Piastri who is a reserve driver for the team. This is wrong and I have not signed a contract with Alpine for 2023. Alpine’s principal, Otmar Szafnauer, insisted Piastri had a commitment to his team. Piastri is an enormous talent and has been part of the Alpine driver academy since 2020. He won the F3 and F2 titles in 2020 and 2021 and this year has been reserve driver for both Alpine and McLaren.

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