Alpine is in conflict with his protege and backup driver, and the matter will be taken to the Contract Recognition Board next week.
Alpine originally planned to place Piastri at williams in 2023. After Fernando AlonsoThe Spaniard’s seat became available after the Spaniard’s shock departure to Aston Martin Alpine quickly announced that Piastri would race for the team next season.
However, Piastri had already agreed to cut his Alpine ties and join McLarenand so he took to social media to tell the world he wouldn’t be running for Enstone’s outfit.
Both teams involved in the case will have to respect the decision of the CRB.
Asked by Sky F1 about his current feelings about Piastri, Szafnauer made his opinion clear.
“He’s a promising young driver,” he said. “He hasn’t driven in F1 yet. And my wish for Oscar was that he had a bit more integrity.”
“He also signed a paper in November and we have done everything on our side of the market to prepare him for F1.
“And his end of the bargain was to either drive for us or take a seat where we would put him for the next three years. And I wish Oscar remembered what he signed in November and what he signed.”
When asked if the team was already in discussions with drivers other than Piastri Szafnauer, he replied: “I think the right thing for us to do is go to the CRB on Monday, see how it goes. pass, and then start seriously considering some negotiations.”
Otmar Szafnauer, Team Principal, Alpine F1, and Pat Fry
Photo by: Carl Bingham / Motorsport footage
With Daniel Ricardo Now officially available after his split with McLaren was confirmed, the Australian’s name has inevitably been linked with a return to the team.
Ricciardo drove for the then Renault team in 2019 and 2020, recording two third-place finishes in his second season.
Szafnauer didn’t deny that Ricciardo is a candidate for the job.
“The team speaks very well of Daniel and his time here. We haven’t had those strategic discussions yet, but everyone I ask, the engineering team, they really talk about his skills as a as a driver and as a team motivator.”
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