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I will not be driving for them next year: Oscar Piastri makes shocking revelation after Alpine announces him Fernando Alonso’s replacement

Aston Martin roped in Fernando Alonso to replace the German next year which left a seat vacant at Alpine.

Aakash Srivastava Author

Published on - 3 August 2022 11:01 am

Aston Martin’s driver Oscar Piastri brought lot of embarrassment to the team on Tuesday after the driver made a shocking revelation that he will “not be driving for Alpine next year”, hours after the team announced they would be promoting him to a full time race seat in 2023.

Earlier the statement from Alpine confirmed 21-year-old reserve driver as Esteban Ocon’s teammate starting from 2023 and will replace Fernando Alonso’s seat from next year onwards. “BWT Alpine confirms Oscar Piastri as a possible replacement of Alonso in line with the commitments made by the team to the young Australian,” read the statement.

Following Sebastian Vettel’s retirement from the Formula 1 at the end of the season, Aston Martin roped in Fernando Alonso to replace the German next year which left a seat vacant at Alpine. However, Alpine revealed on Tuesday that it would be filled by 21-year-old Australian Piastri, who is currently the team’s reserve driver and is the reigning Formula 2 champion, having won the title in rookie season.

Taking to Twitter, he revealed that the decision made by the Alpine F1 has been taken without his consideration and he will not be driving for the team next year. He further made it clear that he has not signed any contract with the Alpine F1 team. “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. This is wrong and I have not signed a contract with Alpine for 2023,” read the tweet.

Earlier, Team Principal Otmar Szafnauer claimed Oscar as a bright and rare prospect. “We are proud to have nurtured and supported him through the difficult pathways of the junior formula. Through our collaboration over the past four years, we have seen him develop and mature into a driver who is more than capable of taking the step up to Formula 1,” he was quoted in the official statement released by Alpine.

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