Piastri saga puts Alpine program under cloud

Alpine’s young driver program is under a cloud as a result of the Oscar Piastri affair. He seems to acknowledge that Piastri’s Alpine contract was not watertight, but says the situation sets a precedent that questions the viability of driver development programs. “You can decide to save money every year by not investing in drivers and then you just fish for them with the money you’ve saved. We are really wondering whether or not we should go beyond the current pool of drivers we have. “We’re wondering if we’re going to sign new drivers, because why should we?”. In Piastri’s wake, the most prominent Alpine academy driver is 19-year-old Jack Doohan, the son of motorcycle racing legend Mick, who is linked with the vacant F1 seat for 2023.

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