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Alpine open to loan reserve driver Oscar Piastri, confirms Laurent Rossi

Piastri has won the 2020 FIA Formula 3 Championship and the 2021 Formula 2 Championship with Prema Racing.

Abhishek Sandikar Author

Updated - 24 July 2022 12:55 pm

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Alpine has expressed interest to loan Australian reserve Oscar Piastri to race for another Formula One team so long as they can bring him back as per principal Laurent Rossi on Saturday. Rossi also told reporters at the French Grand Prix that Alpine was working on plans for Piastri and the two-time world champion Fernando Alonso regarding the next season.

He said the scenarios were “very plausible, very sensible and that we imagine would satisfy both drivers. I’d be open to loan Oscar out to a team as long as I get him back,” said Rossi when pressed on 2021 Formula Two champion Piastri’s future. “We’ve invested heavily in Oscar, we believe in him — that’s why he’s our reserve driver — he’s a very promising talent, we’d love to fulfil this talent in the team.”

He is always going to have a seat in LMDh: Rossi 

Rossi then talked about how Alonso would always have a future with Alpine in motorsports as he is a two-time endurance world champion and double Le Mans 24 Hours, winner. “If that was the best for us, then we would consider that,” he said. “Last year, even when we were discussing for the renewal for this year we talked about the fact that Fernando is a legend for the sport but also a legend of the Renault group,” he explained.

“He is always going to have a seat in LMDh (the top Le Mans Daytona Hybrid category) the day he switches. He will be welcome. It’s his team. So obviously this is part of the discussion. We actually made that (world endurance entry) decision also thinking about him in the first place.”

Potential of being a future world champion: Rossi

In April 2022, Laurent Rossi expects Piastri to have incredible potential and hence would want him to train in the meantime. Alpine CEO said,  “And I do believe he has the potential of being a future world champion, I’m persuaded of that. So he needs to be trained as much as he can in the meantime.”

[Looking at a loan has] always been a parameter for all of us. We knew last year that Fernando was performing. And it would be very surprising if suddenly during the winter he lost his magic.”

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