Oscar Piastri reveals ‘upsetting lack of clarity’ and ‘breakdown in trust’ led to him leaving Alpine as Australian breaks his silence on debacle with French team after replacing Daniel Ricciardo

Oscar Piastri has lifted the lid on his switch to McLaren, revealing an ‘upsetting’ lack of clarity around his future at Alpine led to a ‘breakdown in trust’. Alpine insisted Piastri was under contract with the team through the 2023 season, a claim which the driver steadfastly rejected. The dispute led to Alpine team boss Otmar Szafnauer accusing Piastri of ‘lacking integrity’, but the Australian has now fired back. A world champion in Formula 2 and Formula 3 over the past two seasons, Piastri has been part of Alpine’s academy and was promoted to be the team’s reserve drive in Formula One this season. ‘To be completely honest, there was a lack of clarity around my future at the team at Alpine.

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