F1: Alpine says they signed Piastri to replace Alonso, Piastri says no way! (Update)

Oscar Piastri has released a statement denying he has signed a deal to race for Alpine in Formula 1 next season just hours after the team stated otherwise.

Piastri is rumored to have signed with McLaren and this appears the same scenario as we saw between Ganassi Racing and Alex Palou where the team took up an option on the driver, but the driver had already signed with another team.

In both case, the drivers supposedly signed with McLaren – a common denominator.

Some people believe that Alpine had missed the deadline by which it had to commit Piastri to a 2023 F1 race seat.

It is likely, therefore, that Alpine made the announcement as a warning to others that they could face a legal battle over Piastri’s services as it had staked its claim to his services.

One thing is for certain, Netflix Drive to Survive is going to get very interesting when this season rolls out in 2023.  It’s like a real soap opera.

August 2, 2022 

Alpine says they have signed Oscar Piastri to replace Fernando Alonso as a full-time driver for their F1 team in 2023.

Australian Piastri will race as a rookie alongside Frenchman Esteban Ocon.


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