Piastri stars as F1 silly season explodes

Formula 1’s ‘silly season’ has exploded into high drama just as the sport prepares to enter its August break. It is believed he was upset about Alpine’s concerns about agreeing a longer deal at Alonso’s advancing age. “This is wrong and I have not signed a contract with Alpine for 2023. I will not be driving for Alpine next year,” he insisted. It is believed Piastri actually had two contract ‘options’ with Alpine – one for a full race seat in 2023 and the other a race-by-race deal for next year in the event that either Alonso or Ocon were not available. When asked about Alpine’s embarrassing limbo, Szafnauer said: “We are not ready to think about what will happen after Piastri.

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