What’s good for Netflix with F1 is that it offers her bedtime tales on a disused hangar set with out her having to raise a finger. The final one? The nameless mess of the Alpine that managed in a number of hours to be fooled within the eyes of the world with the true-false candidacy of Oscar Piastri instead of Fernando Alonso. With this query as a teaser: how may the French group, 4th within the constructors’ championship, find yourself in such a sauce?
The query stirs (and laughs) the paddocks, and just a little extra, as Fernando Alonso selected on Monday to depart the ship to succeed in Aston Martin, with out anybody anticipating it, not even his present employer. Within the course of, Alpine introduced Oscar Piastri as second driver late Tuesday afternoon, together with Esteban Ocon. Earlier than the younger Australian instantly denied any settlement with the French home.
The blue-white-red group, nonetheless, was positive (or not) on their Twitter account. After a press convention throughout which group director Omar Szafnauer remained very evasive in regards to the id of Fernando Alonso’s substitute, it was to everybody’s shock minutes after Oscar Piastri was introduced as a future driver for the 2023 season. .
Named reserve driver this season, the younger Australian F2 champion has been a part of the Alpine household since 2019. The doubt stays after we take note of the press launch, which doesn’t comprise any statements from the Australian. It took solely two hours earlier than the younger driver, now legendary on Twitter with greater than 367,000 likes, was denied, completely ridiculing the French group who thought that they had management over their protege.
“With out my settlement, Alpine F1 issued a press launch within the late afternoon stating that I shall be driving for them subsequent yr. That is false and I’ve not signed a contract with Alpine for 2023. I cannot drive for Alpine subsequent yr ”, stings Piastri.
Incompetence or a missed guess?
How can a group of this stature make such a mistake? Saying a signature that doesn’t exist appears lunar, even for Ferrari strategists. It feels extra like a guess by Omar Szafnauer’s “Patrick Bruelien” who’s properly conscious that his protege is being courted by competing groups, particularly McLaren.
“We now have invested lots in Oscar, particularly permitting him to drive a number of thousand kilometers in final yr’s automobile,” Szafnauer stated at his press convention. It is a monetary funding, however it’s additionally an emotional one, and never all groups do it with their Academy riders. We did all this to organize him and with the goal of constructing him a starter sooner or later. Not for him to affix one other group. “
Upon arrival, the addition is salty for Alpine. Divorce with Oscar Piastri appears inevitable after this planetary humiliation that does not appear to amuse solely F1 followers (see Mercedes tweet above)… And now he has to discover a new driver to accompany Ocon subsequent yr. The rumors about Pierre Gasly and Daniel Ricciardo are already swirling. “I do not suppose it will be an issue if Daniel was again,” Szafnauer teased on Tuesday. Hoping this time that the principal has been probed about this risk.