4-time world champion Sebastian Vettel introduced his retirement from F1, making a emptiness at Aston Martin — a emptiness that might be crammed in 2023 by two-time champion and present Alpine driver Fernando Alonso. The Alpine F1 Group presumed that it might simply fill its now-empty race seat with its reserve driver, Oscar Piastri. Nevertheless, Piastri now claims that he hasn’t signed a contract for the 2023 season.
This driver dilemma was thrust upon Alpine when Aston Martin out of the blue introduced that Alonso can be becoming a member of their staff for subsequent season, How out of the blue? In keeping with Motorsport.com, Alpine staff principal Otmar Szafnauer first grew to become conscious that Fernando Alonso was leaving the staff when Aston Martin revealed its press launch concerning the signing. Alonso is allegedly on a ship within the Mediterranean, out of contact with Alpine.
Alpine F1 Group introduced as we speak that Oscar Piastri can be changing Alonso amidst rumors that he and Mark Webber, his supervisor and former F1 driver, have been negotiating a deal to drive for McLaren. On social media, Piastri denies that he signed a contract with Alpine and bluntly states that he won’t race with the staff in 2023. In prior statements, Szafnauer has claimed that the younger Australian driver has obligations to Alpine for the 2023, in addition to 2024.
Piastri’s obvious dissatisfaction with Alpine isn’t shocking. After successful the 2021 FIA System 2 Championship, he remarked that be would “champion of sitting on the sofa” in 2022. His contractual ties to Alpine, the dearth of an open race seat on the staff and System 2’s rule banning previous champions from collaborating meant that Piastri would not race in 2022.
If the chaotic scenario surrounding Oscar Piastri sounds acquainted. It in all probability reminds you of the dispute involving the 2021 IndyCar champion Álex Palou making an attempt to depart Chip Ganassi Racing for a similar F1 seat at McLaren. The dispute between Ganassi and Palou has now gone to courtroom. Hopefully, the dispute between Alpine and Piastri is resolved earlier than it reaches that time.