By James Broughton, August 5, 2022
The odd factor in regards to the Oscar Piastri saga is that the younger Australian isn’t even competing in Method One. So why has he change into the knot in a center of a tug of struggle between McLaren and Apline F1? Piastri should be distinctive if two groups are after his companies. A quick historical past about Piastri. He gained the 2019 Method Renault Eurocup, the 2020 FIA Method 3 Championship and the 2021 Method 2 Championship. Piastri presently serves because the reserve driver for Alpine F1 Crew, having beforehand been within the group’s driver academy.
Piastri could be very a lot an Alpine F1 protege and have become the primary selection to exchange Fernando Alonso who unexpectedly jumped ship to Aston Martin in the course of contract talks. Alpine subsequently launched a press assertion confirming Piastri as Alonso’s substitute for 2023. A number of hours later Piastri launched a counter assertion denying he ever signed a take care of Alpine F1 for the vacant seat.
It seems that Piastri was in negotiations with Mclaren F1, and it seems the 21-year-old goes to take Daniel Ricciardo’s seat for 2023. And if all the saga wasn’t already unusual sufficient, McLaren are ready to launch Riccardo 1 yr early from his profitable 3-year contract. This serves as a reminder that contracts imply nothing in Method One.
Ricciardo is underperforming at McLaren and Zak Brown, the CEO, is keen to exchange him as a result of he instructions an costly wage. As of right this moment, rumors and experiences are circulating that Ricciardo will successfully be sacked on the finish of the season. Both means, McLaren is obligated to pay Ricciardo his wage as per contract, in any other case, Riccardo will launch an costly countersuit.
The frustration for Ricciardo shall be dampened considerably by Alpine who’re able to signal the castaway driver at a second’s discover. Nonetheless this saga ends, Piastri is now beneath stress to carry out the second he will get on the grid as an official Mclaren F1 driver. Method One is a unique stage of single-seater racing, loads of gifted drivers have flunked their F1 careers.
Will Oscar Piastri flunk, float or fly if he’s confirmed as a McLaren driver? Does he have the depth of expertise, talent and fortitude to change into a part of Method One’s next-generation pool of expertise? Solely time will inform.