Oscar Piastri will make his debut as a Method 1 driver in 2023, Alpine have confirmed.
The reigning Method 2 driver will be a part of the staff instead of Fernando Alonso, who introduced yesterday he’ll transfer to Aston Martin on the finish of the yr.
Piastri had a stunningly speedy rise by means of the junior classes. The native of Melbourne, Australia received the Method Renault, FIA Method 3 and Method 2 championships in consecutive seasons between 2019 and 2021.
Although he was unable to return to F2 after his title win final yr, no locations had been obtainable for him on the F1 grid this season. Alpine due to this fact appointed him as their reserve driver and handed him a sequence of testing alternatives in final yr’s automobile.
Alpine was trying to place him at a rival F1 staff for the 2023 season. Nevertheless Alonso’s surprising departure created a emptiness alongside Esteban Ocon which Piastri will now fill.
“Oscar is a vibrant and uncommon expertise,” mentioned staff principal Otmar Szafnauer. “We’re proud to have nurtured and supported him by means of the troublesome pathways of the junior formulae.
“Via our collaboration over the previous 4 years, now we have seen him develop and mature right into a driver who’s greater than able to taking the step as much as Method 1. As our reserve driver he has been uncovered to the staff on the monitor, manufacturing unit and testing the place he has proven the maturity, promise and velocity to make sure his promotion to our second seat alongside Esteban.
“Collectively, we consider the duo will give us the continuity we have to obtain our long-term aim of difficult for wins and championships.”
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