F1: Alpine and McLaren recently addressed the Piastri issue

F1: Alpine and McLaren recently addressed the Piastri issue


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The Alpine and McLaren teams, which both believe they have a valid contract with Australian driver Oscar Piastri, will be heard on Monday August 29 by the Formula 1 contract recognition office (CRB), explained Saturday August 27 Alpine team director.

It’s a summer soap opera F1 : after leaving in surprise Fernando Alonso for Aston Martin the beginning August, Alpine he declared that his asylum attempts Oscar Piastre it would be inside 2023 instead of. But Australia’s hope 21 years hastened to deny: “I have not signed a contract with Alpine for 2023. I will not be an Alpine pilot next year”.

If a young pilot, a champion in System 3 (2020) and System 2 (2021), he left the team that trained him, because he reached an agreement with McLaren (which is pending the resolution of the case before making it official). Alpine, who believes so Piastre has a contract of 2023therefore it turned to the Contracts Recognition Board (CRB), an arbitral body in the matter.

“We will ask the CRB to decide which contract signed by Oscar has priority,” he said Otmar Szafnauer of Alpine in a press conference Saturday August 27 beside Belgian Grand Prix. “I’m very confident, I’ve seen both stadiums and we believe Oscar signed with us in November. There are certain things that need to be in the contract and I’m sure there are,” he said. he continued.

Piastri’s contract would run “until 2024” according to Alpine

If CRB determine that the contract of McLaren it has priority, then Piastre will be free to sign a British team, which will part with its driver Daniel Ricciardo from the end of the season. If it is Alpine who is within his rights, can the French team force the driver to stay? There are more possibilities in this case than Alpine find a basis for financial agreement and McLaren.

Otmar Szafnauer confirms that the contract of Piastre it would run “until 2024, with an option at the end of 2023”. He was also present at this press conference, his colleague from McLaren Andreas Seidl he did not prefer to “talk about test names or documents”. “It is something that we will be dealing with from next week and then we will announce our plans,” he continued.

No call possible

of CRB is the organization provided by the “Concorde agreement” made between the team, the owners of commercial rights (FOM) and FIA (International Automobile Federation). It was created internally 1991 following the signing of Michael Schumacher in the house of profitwhen he had discussed with the team Jordan.

Four lawyers specializing in international sports law will also be brought together Monday August 29 in Geneva (Switzerland) to hear both sides, said a source familiar with the matter. of CRBarbitration structure, independent of FIA, then he must inform the stakeholders within three days of his decision. No appeal will be possible.