Report: Alpine ends up losing Oscar Piastri to rivals McLaren for 2023

The French-based racing team might've lost out on the Australian driver for 2023 to rival team Alpine.

Oscar Piastri
Oscar Piastri
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Oscar Piastri will supposedly drive for McLaren in 2023, following the approval of the FIA agreement recognition board. According to this report, Piastri has signed an agreement to race for McLaren in 2023, which has now been confirmed.

Despite Alpine’s faith that Piastri was contractually obligated to them, it has been determined that Alpine didn’t take advantage of their opportunity to retain the 21-year-old’s services for 2023 within the stipulated period of time. Only a few days earlier, the French-based racing team announced on social media that Piastri had been “promoted” to Alpine for 2023.

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End of the road for Alpine and Oscar Piastri?

Oscar Piastri
Oscar Piastri

The FIA’s contract recognition board, the supreme authority in F1 concerning driver contractual agreements, appears to have justified Piastri’s quick repudiation of this assertion on social media. Alpine will not be able to appeal this decision, which means Piastri and McLaren will be independent to collaborate in the 2023 Formula One season.

There is still the question of Daniel Ricciardo’s future, as his contract allows him to opt in for another season with McLaren in 2023. If the Woking-based racing team has agreed to sign with Piastri for 2023, it indicates that they are prepared to pay the cost for untimely terminating their contract with Ricciardo.

Ricciardo could also opt out of yet another season with McLaren after hearing these speculations and choose to move to Alpine. While some details remain to be worked out, Piastri’s move to McLaren appears to be a matter of time.

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