Alpine reserve driver and former Formula 2 champion Oscar Piastri’s deal with McLaren for 2023 is finally confirmed.
Since the beginning of the summer break, the Alpine-Piastri-McLaren drama was the center of all the news.
Following this, Alpine announced Oscar Piastri their replacement for Alonso for 2023. However, Piastri brutally refused the offer sparking suspicions of a possible move to McLaren.
Afterward, Daniel Ricciardo announced his exit from McLaren after this season. After this move, it was just a matter of time before an official announcement came in. On Friday, McLaren announced Piastri as their next driver for 2023 alongside Lando Norris.
CRB sealed Piastri and McLaren fate
The Contract Recognition Board (CRB) of FIA met on Monday to resolve the dispute between Alpine and McLaren over the validity of contracts.
Alpine claimed that the driver was entitled to drive for them in 2023 while McLaren said otherwise.
Nevertheless, just ahead of the second free practice of the Dutch Grand Prix, FIA announced:
“the tribunal had issued a Unanimous Decision that the only Contract to be recognised by the Board is the Contract between McLaren Racing Limited and Mr Piastri dated 4 July 2022”.
The ruling added that:
“Mr Piastri is entitled to drive for McLaren Racing Limited for the 2023 and 2024 seasons.”
After the ruling, McLaren announced that Piastri would indeed drive for them from 2023 on a multi-year deal.
“I’m extremely excited to be making my F1 debut with such a prestigious team as McLaren. And I’m very grateful for the opportunity that’s been offered to me,”
said Piastri in a statement.
“The team has a long tradition of giving young talent a chance, and I’m looking forward to working hard alongside Lando to push the team towards the front of the grid. I’m focused on preparing for my F1 debut in 2023 and starting my F1 career in papaya.”
Drama finally over?
Well, we can say that Alpine-Piastri-McLaren chaos is finally over but the 2023 silly season is still in making.
There are still many speculations and empty seats for 2023.
Many speculations are still there. After the hearing, Alpine said:
“BWT Alpine F1 Team thanks the Contract Recognition Board (CRB) for convening on Monday and we acknowledge the decision they have made.
“We consider the matter closed on our side and will announce our full 2023 driver line-up in due course.
“Our immediate focus is the Dutch Grand Prix and securing points in our fight for fourth in the Constructors’ Championship.”
At least Piastri got a seat in Formula 1. The young driver will finally make his long-awaited debut with the orange papaya.
So, who will drive for Alpine alongside Ocon? The drama is still not over. We are surely going to get more entertainment during the second half of the 2022 season.
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