Oscar Piastri says Alpine-McLaren F1 drama ‘bizarre and frankly upsetting’

And the 21-year-old has acknowledged it was “unfortunate” that the driver he’s replaced at McLaren should happen to be one of his heroes, fellow Australian Daniel Ricciardo. In an interview with the official F1 site, Piastri, unveiled by McLaren as Ricciardo’s 2023 replacement on Friday, also revealed a “bizarre and frankly upsetting episode” involving Alpine team principal Otmar Sfaznauer. Piastri said he had been in the simulator when Sfaznauer told him he was going to be announced as an Alpine driver from the 2023 season. But Piastri told F1: “That was a bizarre and frankly upsetting episode. Piastri said there had been a lack of clarity from Alpine and a “breakdown in trust” with the French team, which prompted his decision to leave the team which was employing him as a reserve driver. But Piastri had sympathy for Ricciardo, whose future in F1 is uncertain.

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