While Alpine announced on Tuesday that Oscar Piastri would replace Fernando Alonso in 2023, the current reserve driver for the French team rejected this information a few hours later.
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180 degree turn in Formula 1! The Alpine team thought they had found Oscar Piastri the replacement for Fernando Alonso, leaving for Aston Martin next season. She had made it known, Tuesday, August 2, via a press release published on her social networks. Except that, less than two hours later, Australia published a message on Twitter in which he denied “have signed a contract with Alpine for 2023“.
I understand that, without my agreement, Alpine F1 issued a press release at the end of the afternoon indicating that I will be driving for them next year. This is false and I have not signed a contract with Alpine for 2023. I will not be driving for Alpine next year.
—Oscar Piastri (@OscarPiastri) August 2, 2022
“I note that, without my consent, the Alpine F1 team issued a statement this afternoon that I will be driving for them next season. This is false (…) I will not be driving for them next year. “, writes Oscar Piastri in this pithy message.
Aged 21, Piastri, F2 and F3 champion and appointed reserve driver at Alpine at the start of 2022, was expected to team up, from the next world championship, with Frenchman Esteban Ocon.