McLaren has reportedly signed Oscar Piastri in a shock move set to shake up the F1 grid and force Daniel Ricciardo out of the team a year early.
F1 is on mid-year break and the silly season has gone into overdrive this week. Piastri vehemently denied filling Alpine’s spare seat Fernando Alonso resigns to move to Aston Martin.
of A bold official statement that surprised many fans And it fueled speculation that Piastri and his manager, former Australian F1 driver Mark Webber, were eyeing Ricciardo’s position at McLaren.
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And it actually seems to be the case. On Friday night, McLaren signed Piastri for next season and told Ricciardo that his services would not be needed for 2023.
RacingNews365.com Piastri has reportedly signed a deal with Alpine for 2022 but not for 2023.
Piastri’s deal with McLaren is said to have been finalized on July 30, before Alonso’s move to Aston Martin was announced.
He was able to step away from Alpine when his contract for 2023 was not properly signed. motorsport.com.
The thorny contract story appears set to go to F1’s Contract Approval Board (CRB), given it is unclear whether Alpine has submitted a contract to the CRB covering 2023. And CRB is likely to side with McLaren.
The development of the bomb means that the 21-year-old genius Piastri has effectively taken the place of fellow Australian Ricardo.
Piastri has won three titles in an illustrious junior racing career, but has been forced to sit on the sidelines this season as Alpine’s reserve driver.
Ricardo repeatedly clarified It was supposed to confirm the deal with McLarenexpires at the end of 2023.
But some of McLaren boss Zak Brown’s public assurances didn’t garner enough support and the team left the door ajar to give Ricciardo the flick.
Sacking Ricciardo with one year left on his contract could be an expensive decision for McLaren.
The Woking-based team could face the scenario of paying Ricciardo part or all of his wages in 2023 while he drives for another team.
He is believed to have a salary of around A$21 million in 2022.
As for the Australian veteran’s future, he could fill a vacancy at Alpine alongside Esteban Ocon. Alfa his move to Romeo is also not out of the question.
After joining Alpine (formerly known as Renault) in 2019, Ricciardo moved on after just two seasons, signing for McLaren for 2021.
Alpine boss Otmar Szafnauer this week Open for Ricardo’s return After two dominant seasons in 2019 and 2020, the team formerly known as Renault.
F1 2022: Daniel Ricciardo sacked, Oscar Piastri reportedly signed with McLaren in bombshell move, Alpine, contract
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