Piastri: Is He Or Isn’t He?

The Alpine Formula 1 team named Oscar Piastri, its reserve driver, as replacement for Fernando Alonso who is leaving the team for Aston Martin at the end of the season on Tuesday. “Oscar is a bright and rare talent,” said Alpine Team Principal Otmar Szafnauer in the press announcement earlier Tuesday. A quote from Piastri in the team press release was conspicuous by its absence, and after initially failing to respond to the announcement on social media, the young Australian has now stated that he is not contracted to the team in 2023. “I understand that, without my agreement, Alpine F1 have put out a press release late this afternoon that I am driving for them next year,” Piastri said. “This is wrong and I have not signed a contract with Alpine for 2023.

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