The market case that has held court all summer in Formula 1 has finally been solved in recent weeks: Oscar Piastri, now a former Academy Alpine driver, in 2023 he will drive as a starter at the wheel of McLaren. The Contract Recognition Board ruled in an equivocal way in favor of the Woking team after the Australian driver refused to submit to the contract offered to him by the French team for next year, having already accepted the court of the rival team. Although at a sporting level there is nothing more to be done for the French team, however, Renault would be thinking of continuing on the path of the legal battle against only Piastri to be guaranteed at least compensation.
Alpine CEO, Laurent Rossiinterviewed by the German site Auto Motor und Sport clearly said of have no bitterness towards McLaren, but of not being willing to let the behavior of the young Australian driver, who had won the F2 title in 2021, pass under the radar. “Zak Brown and Andreas Seidl have a responsibility to their team to achieve the best possible performance – Rossi commented – we disagree with what happened, but I can’t fault them for trying to sign the best pair of drivers. We don’t have it with McLaren “. The entire Losanga house, on the other hand, still seems quite angry with Piastri.
“From the start of the season we were working to find him a seat for the next two years and we had reached an agreement with Williams in Miami “ Rossi revealed. The destination, however, was obviously not appreciated by the pilot. Now it will be up to Otmar Szafnauer decide whether to start one lawsuit against Piastri, trying to get back part of the money used to guarantee him the various tests at the wheel of F1 cars organized in recent seasons by Alpine. “We are considering this issue – concluded Rossi – in the end, the decision rests with Otmar and the lawyers. For us now the question is to find a driver to make the car faster. But Piastri’s behavior sets a dangerous precedent for our sport “.
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