Alpine says it signed Oscar Piastri for F1 seat — but he says it hasn’t

Alpine System Just one team’s reserve driver Oscar Piastri reported that he has not signed a contract and will not be racing for the French outfit in 2023, soon after the staff declared he experienced been promoted to a race seat.

There appeared to be total breakdown in conversation within just the team as less than two several hours earlier Alpine said the Australian driver would race together with Esteban Ocon up coming year, filling in the spot left by Aston Martin-certain Fernando Alonso.

But Piastri denied the settlement.

“I understand that, without having my arrangement, Alpine F1 have put out a press launch late this afternoon that I am driving for them up coming 12 months,” Piastrithe 2021 Formulation Two winner, tweeted.

“This is incorrect and I have not signed a agreement with Alpine for 2023. I will not be driving for Alpine following yr.”

Piastri, who joined the Alpine academy in 2020, was named the team’s reserve driver at the commence of 2022 time soon after missing out on an F1 seat.

Reuters has contacted Alpine for remark.

Before, Alpine was left surprised immediately after Alonso signed a multi-year deal with Aston Martin, joining as a substitution for 4-time F1 winner Sebastian Vettel, who very last week announced his retirement from racing at the conclusion of the latest year.

Renault-owned Alpine’s crew principal Otmar Szafnauer told reporters previously on Tuesday that he discovered out about Spaniard Alonso’s transfer to Aston Martin only when he study the formal press release.