Oscar Piastri to drive for McLaren after Alpine lose contract appeal

Australian Oscar Piastri will drive for McLaren next year after Alpine lost their appeal to Formula 1’s contract recognition board (CRB). Alpine had lodged a claim with the board, a team of lawyers set up to adjudicate in contract disputes, after Piastri rejected their claim he was committed to them. The CRB said: “The only contract to be recognised is the contact between McLaren and Piastri dated 4 July 2022. Piastri is entitled to drive for McLaren for the 2023 and 2024 seasons.”. Piastri, the reigning Formula 2 champion who has been Alpine’s reserve driver this year, said: “I’m extremely excited to be making my F1 debut with such a prestigious team as McLaren and I’m very grateful for the opportunity that’s been offered to me. Alpine had been trying to juggle Alonso and Piastri, offering the two-time champion a one-year deal to stay with the team in 2023 while trying to farm Piastri out to Williams to gain experience.

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