Piastri to race for McLaren F1 in 2023 after CRB ruling

Piastri to race for McLaren F1 in 2023 after CRB ruling
Piastri to race for McLaren F1 in 2023 after CRB ruling

In a statement released by the FIA ​​on Friday, it was confirmed that the CRB had unanimously ruled that Piastri’s deal with McLaren was his only valid deal for next year after Alpine intended to leave him. line up in a racing seat next year.

McLaren followed up the news by announcing that Piastri had joined the team on a multi-year contract from 2023, completing his line-up alongside Lando Norris.

“I am extremely excited to make my F1 debut with such a prestigious team as McLaren and I am very grateful for the opportunity given to me,” said Piastri.

“The team has a long tradition of giving young talent a chance, and I look forward to working hard alongside Lando to push the team to the front of the grid. My focus is on preparing for my F1 debut in 2023 and starting my F1 career in the papaya.”

Oscar Piastri, Alpine A521

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

The news ends the contract saga that has embroiled Piastri and Alpine in recent weeks, sparked by Fernando Alonso’s decision to leave Alpine for Aston Martin in 2023.

Alpine announced Piastri would be racing for the team next year the day after Alonso announced his departure, only for Piastri to deny he would be racing for the team next year.

The CRB ruling revealed Piastri and McLaren signed a deal on July 4 – the Monday after the British Grand Prix – which would have been a reserve deal for next year.

But with Daniel Ricciardo’s departure from McLaren since agreed, the deal could be upgraded to a full racing seat.

In a brief statement, Alpine said: “We consider the matter closed on our end and will announce our full 2023 driver lineup in due course.

“Our immediate target is the Dutch Grand Prix and securing points in our fight for fourth place in the constructors’ championship.”

This leaves Alpine looking for a driver to partner Esteban Ocon in the team for next year and means he will lose Piastri for free at the end of the season. Had the CRB ruled in favor of Alpine, McLaren would have had to strike a deal with the team to terminate him from his contract for next year.

Motorsport.com revealed last week that Alpine were interested in signing Pierre Gasly and were in talks with Red Bull over a deal for the Frenchman, who is under contract with AlphaTauri for next year.

Piastri will make his F1 debut next year with McLaren after a stellar junior career that saw him win back-to-back F3 and F2 titles before becoming Alpine reserve driver for 2022.

“Oscar is one of the promising talents in the starting series in F1 and we are delighted to have him join the team for 2023,” said McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown.

“Winning in both F3 and F2 in successive rookie seasons is a real achievement and a testament to his talent in single-seaters.

“With Lando and Oscar, we have a young and exciting F1 team with huge potential, which puts us in a good position to achieve our future ambitions. Oscar is an exciting addition to the McLaren family, and we look forward to seeing him grow with our F1 team.”

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