In a communication issued by the FIA on Friday, the CRB unanimously said Piastri’s deal with McLaren was his only valid deal for next year after Alpine intended to place him in the race seat next year. It was confirmed that it was determined that
McLaren followed up the news by announcing that Piastri had joined the team on a multi-year deal from 2023, completing its line-up alongside Lando Norris.
“I am very excited to be making my F1 debut with such a prestigious team as McLaren and I am very grateful for the opportunity that has been offered to me,” said Piastri.
“The team has a long tradition of giving young talent a chance and I look forward to working hard together with Lando to push the team to the front of the grid. I am concentrating on starting my F1 career with Papaya.”
Oscar Piastri, Alpine A521
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The news stems from Fernando Alonso’s decision to leave Alpine for Aston Martin in 2023, bringing an end to the contract saga involving Piastri and Alpine in recent weeks.
Alpine announced that Piastri would race for the team next year, the day after Alonso announced his departure, but Piastri denied that he would race for the team next year.
The CRB ruling has revealed that Piastri and McLaren signed an agreement on July 4, the Monday after the British Grand Prix. It is understood that this was a reserve deal for next year.
However, with Daniel Ricciardo’s departure from McLaren agreed, the deal could be upgraded to a full race seat.
Alpine said in a short statement:
“The immediate focus is on scoring points from the Dutch Grand Prix and the fight for fourth place in the Constructors’ Championship.”
Alpine is looking for a driver to partner Esteban Ocon in next year’s team, leaving Piastri free at the end of the season. Had CRB ruled in Alpine’s favor, McLaren would have had to agree with the team to end his contract for next year.
Motorsport.com revealed last week that Alpine is interested in signing Pierre Gasly and is in talks with Red Bull about signing the Frenchman who is signing for AlphaTauri next year.
Piastri will make his F1 debut next year with McLaren after an illustrious junior career that saw him win back-to-back F3 and F2 titles before becoming Alpine’s reserve driver in 2022.
McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown said: “Oscar is one of the up-and-coming talents to come to F1 through the Feeder Series and we are delighted to have him join the team in 2023.
“Winning both Formula 3 and Formula 2 in back-to-back rookie seasons is a true achievement and a testament to his prowess in single-seater racing.
“Lando and Oscar have a young and exciting F1 line-up with great potential to help us achieve our future ambitions. Oscar is an exciting addition to the McLaren family and We look forward to watching him grow with our F1 team.”