Biastri to compete for McLaren in 2023

Oscar Piastre will replace Daniel Ricciardo at McLaren in 2023 after the FIA ​​Contract Recognition Board (CRB) upheld the team’s contract with the Formula 2 champion.

McLaren and Alpine both felt they had a valid contract for the Australian’s services for next season.

On Friday, CRB backed McLaren’s contract, revealing that he signed a two-year contract on July 4, the day after the British Grand Prix.

Immediately after the ruling, McLaren announced that Piastre would join the team in 2023.

Piastri is the best young driver to enter F1 since the 2019 Novice class Lando Norris – who will be his teammate in 2023 – George Russell and Alex Albon.

Piastre said: “I am very excited to be making my Formula One debut with such a prestigious team as McLaren and am so grateful for the opportunity. The team has a long tradition of giving young talent a chance, and I look forward to working hard alongside Lando to push the team to the fore. the network. “

The news leaves Albin without a replacement for Fernando Alonso heading to Aston Martin next year. AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly has emerged as the main contender for that seat, although Ricciardo, who soon left McLaren opened the door for Piastri to join, is still in the mix.

If Alpine wants Gasly, they will have to push Red Bull to buy the last year of the French driver’s deal.

Alpine issued a short statement after the ruling, saying: “We consider the matter closed on our part and will announce the full lineup for the 2023 drivers in due course.”

It’s a humiliating setback for Alpine, having lost a longtime member of its drivers academy after putting together a comprehensive Formula 1 testing program at a great cost to it this year.

The row over the Formula 1 summer break began after Aston Martin confirmed Alonso’s signature for 2023.

Alpine Academy producer Piastri, considered a future star, seemed like the most logical option to fill that gap and Alpine quickly announced that he would apply to the F1 team for next year, although it was notable that the press release came with no quote from a driver who had just made his debut in Formula One.

Two hours later, Piastre sent out a now-famous tweet: “I understand that without my consent, Alpine F1 issued a press release late this afternoon that I will be driving for them next year. This is a mistake and I have not signed a contract with Alpine for 2023. I will not drive to Alpine Next year “.

Piastre’s director, Mark Webber, has played a key role in discussions with McLaren. Webber worked with McLaren Team Principal Andreas Seidl when he was in charge of the Porsche World Endurance Championship team. Under Seidl’s leadership, Webber was part of the team that won the WEC title in 2016.

With both Alpine and McLaren convinced they had a valid contract with Piastri, the matter moved to the Contract Recognition Board (CRB).

The CRB was created in 1992 to deal with a dispute between Jordan and Benetton over Michael Schumacher’s services, which Benetton won. It has rarely been called into Formula 1 since then, but it has settled a dispute between British American Racing and Williams over Jenson Button in 2004, which BAR won, and a Toyota and BMW dispute over Timo Glock in 2007, which Toyota won.

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