Piastrigate: The FIA ​​intervenes and recalls its rules on contracts

Piastrigate: The FIA ​​intervenes and recalls its rules on contracts



The FIA ​​made it a point to remember that in the end, it is he who will have the final word on which team Oscar Piastri will drive in 2023.

While Piastrigate still seems far from being resolved andAlpine is now threatening to take the case to courtMohammed Ben Sulayem decided to intervene in order to note the FIA ​​rules regarding driver contracts. The president of the FIA ​​made it clear in a tweet published last Thursday that it is up to the Driver Contract Recognition Board to decide on the question of who is driving for whom. “The FIA ​​Drivers Contract Recognition Board was established to deal with matters of contractual priority between drivers and F1 teams. That is why we rely on their decision to resolve any disputes,” he wrote. CRB is an organization based in Switzerland and is made up of independent lawyers whose mission is determine the validity of trial contracts and of resolve any disputes as soon as possible. It was established after Michael Schumacher signed Benetton in 1991 when he agreed to negotiate a contract with Jordan.

The FIA ​​is not however he is not qualified to handle the commercial dispute between Oscar Piastri and Alpinewhich means that The French team has the right to take its reserve driver to court at the High Court in London. “We are more than 90 percent sure that we will go to court, that’s what we will do. If the CRB says ‘your license is only valid on Alpine’ and they say ‘that’s good but I’ll never drive their car, I’ll stay for a year’ so you have to go to court to get compensation. We have not met with accountants to calculate how much we have spent. We will have to do that when we go to court,” said Otmar Szafnauer, head of the French team.

It has been published 08/13/2022 Updated 08/13/2022