FIA side with McLaren on Alpine in the Oscar Piastri saga as Aussie replaces Ricciardo | F1

FIA side with McLaren on Alpine in the Oscar Piastri saga as Aussie replaces Ricciardo | F1
FIA side with McLaren on Alpine in the Oscar Piastri saga as Aussie replaces Ricciardo | F1

Oscar Piastri will drive for McLaren next season after the Contract Recognition Board (CRB) ruled it was the youngster’s only valid deal. The CRB has confirmed that Piastri is free to race for the team in 2023 and 2024 as per their agreement.

The report stated: “The only contract recognized by the board is the contract between McLaren Racing Limited and Mr Piastri dated July 4, 2022. Mr Piastri has the right to drive for McLaren Racing Limited for the 2023 and 2024 seasons. The CRB met on Monday to look into Piastri’s case and decide whether he will drive for Alpine or McLaren next season.

However, the council’s verdict was due within 72 hours, meaning the decision should have been revealed by Thursday evening. There was uncertainty in the paddock on Friday morning but the decision came just before FP2.

On the announcement, Piastri said: “I am extremely happy to make my F1 debut with such a prestigious team as McLaren and I am very grateful for the opportunity that has been given to me.

“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 papaya.

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But Piastri posted a message on social media claiming that Alpine made the statement without his permission and declined the offer. It later emerged Piastri was already in talks with McLaren who later confirmed they had eliminated Daniel Ricciardo.

Alpine boss Otmar Szafnauer has criticized Piastri’s decision not to sign for the team, saying the youngster lacks integrity. During the Belgian Grand Prix weekend, Szafnauer also revealed that he expected the CRB to side with the French manufacturer.

He previously said: “I’ve seen both sides of the argument and we’re convinced Oscar signed with us in November and there are certain things that need to be in the contract and I’m convinced they’re there. are.”

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