Oscar Piastri says he will not race for Alpine

Oscar Piastri says he will not race for Alpine

Published August 2, 2022
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Australian driver Oscar Piastri dropped a bombshell that he will not race for Alpine in Formula One next season, just over an hour after the team said he would replace Aston Martin-bound Fernando Alonso.

In a remarkable turn of events in F1’s driver market, Piastri tweeted: “I understand that, without my agreement, Alpine F1 have put out a press release late this afternoon that I am driving for them next year.

Although the exact terms of that deal are unclear, with Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo contracted to race for the team next season, Piastri’s tweet is a clear indication that he sees his future with McLaren and not Alpine.

McLaren do not have options in Ricciardo’s contract to terminate the deal, but the eight-time race winner does have exit clauses on his side, and he may well see a return to Alpine — where he raced when it was called Renault between 2019 and 2020 — as a viable option if McLaren has settled on Piastri.