Daniel Ricciardo out, Oscar Piastri in? What we know about contentious Formula 1 situation

Daniel Ricciardo out, Oscar Piastri in? What we know about contentious Formula 1 situation

Published August 6, 2022
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One of the brightest young talents in motorsports found himself engaged in a massive contract dispute this week, and it could leave one of Formula One’s most popular drivers without a job next season.

Oscar Piastri, who is currently the reserve/test driver at Alpine F1 team, was announced Tuesday as one of the team’s two primary drivers for the 2023 season. However, about 30 minutes after Alpine’s press release, Piasti wrote on Twitter that he did not have a contract with Alpine for the 2023 season and called the press release “wrong.”

Rumors had been swirling that Piastri, 21, had already secured a 2023 deal with McLaren F1 team, which is currently fighting with Alpine for fourth position in the 2022 constructors’ standings. Those rumors seem to have had credence, as RACER reported Friday that McLaren was in exit talks with eight-time race winner Daniel Ricciardo and felt it had a valid contract with Piastri.

So, will Piastri make his F1 debut in 2023 and for which team? And what does it mean for Ricciardo, whose turbulent career has been highlighted in part by the popular Netflix documentary “Drive to Survive?”