Piastri to race for McLaren F1 in 2023 after CRB ruling

In a newsletter released by the FIA ​​on Friday, it was confirmed that the CRB had unanimously decided that Piastery’s deal with McLaren was his only valid deal for next year, as Alpine intends to let him race next year.

McLaren followed the news by announcing that Piastri will join the team from 2023, completing the team’s lineup with Lando Norris.

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

“The team has a long tradition of giving opportunities to young talent and I look forward to working with Lando to push the team to the front of the grid. I am focused on preparing for my F1 debut in 2023 and starting my F1 career in Papaya .”

Oscar Piastrie, Alpine A521

Oscar Piastrie, Alpine A521

Photo by Mark Sutton/Motorsport Images

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

Alpine announced that Piastri would play for the team next year a day after Alonso announced his withdrawal, but Piastri denied he would play for the team next year.

The CRB’s ruling revealed that Piastery and McLaren signed a deal on July 4, the Monday after the British Grand Prix, which is understood to be a reserve deal for next year.

But with Daniel Ricciardo quitting McLaren after agreeing, the deal could escalate to a full race seat.

Alpine said in a brief statement: “We believe this is in our favour and will announce our full driver line-up for 2023 in due course.

“Our priority now is the Dutch Grand Prix and earning points in our fourth-place race for the constructors’ championship.”

It leaves Alpine looking for a driver to partner with Esteban Ocon next year, meaning it will lose Piastri for free at the end of the season. If the CRB rules in Alpine’s favor, McLaren will need to strike a deal with the team to release him from next year’s contract.

Motorsport.com revealed last week that Alpine was interested in signing Pierre Gasly and was in talks with Red Bull about a deal for the Frenchman, who will sign with AlphaTauri next year.

Piastri will make his F1 debut at McLaren next year after a stellar youth career, winning consecutive F3 and F2 titles before becoming a replacement for Alpine in 2022.

“Oscar is one of the up-and-coming talents coming into F1 through a feeder series and we are delighted to see him join the team in 2023,” said McLaren chief executive Zach Brown.

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

“At Lando and Oscar, we have a young, exciting F1 squad with enormous potential that is well positioned to deliver on our ambitions for the future. Oscar is an exciting addition to the McLaren family, We look forward to seeing him grow with our F1 team.”

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