Oscar Piastri will drive for the McLaren Formula 1 team in 2023 and 2024, his contract with the British team deemed valid unlike the one Alpine thought it had with the young Australian, the International Federation of Motorsport announced on Friday. .
Piastri, 21, was at the center of a legal dispute, with McLaren and Alpine claiming to have a contract with the Australian driver for next season. Ultimately, F1’s contract recognition office, an ad hoc arbitration body, ruled in favor of McLaren.
“The court has given a unanimous decision that the only contract that will be recognized by the Office is the contract between McLaren Racing Limited and Mr. Piastri of July 4, 2022”, what? released from the FIA.
“Mr. Piastri has the right to drive for McLaren Racing Limited for the 2023 and 2024 seasons,” it stated.
CRB organized an event for four lawyers specializing in international labor law game of four different nations, met on Monday to listen to those sides.
McLaren immediately announced the signing of a “multi-year” contract with Piastri, who will join fellow Briton Lando Norris.
Piastri is considered a great hope for Formula 1, having won the Formula Renault Eurocup in 2019, then Formula 3 (2020) and Formula 2 (2021), two steps to the elite.
“We are considering the decision”, replied the Alpine team. “We consider this matter closed and will announce our full driver line-up for 2023 in due course.”
After the sudden departure of Fernando Alonso, Piastri was announced by Alpine as his successor along with Frenchman Esteban Ocon. But the Australian quickly denied, saying that he did not have a contract with the French team for next year.
Oscar Piastri is currently Alpine’s reserve rider and has trained at the Alpine academy for the past few years.