During Saturday's press conference reserved for team principals, attended by Franz Tost, AlphaTauri team principal, and Otmar Szafnauer, Alpine boss, they were asked about Pierre Gasly and the young talent Oscar Piastri.
Tost to the question of how he would you sum up this season so far for the driver number 10, commented he is very satisfied with his performance and confident about his ability.
“Pierre has also improved a lot. I must say he's showing fantastic performance. Unfortunately, at the beginning of the season, with a lot of reliability issues, for example, in Bahrain, when the battery caught fire, then there were some other reliability issues, was not his fault, it was coming from the team. And I am really happy now that, at least in Baku, he could show how good he is. And I hope that we will provide him with a competitive car for the rest of the season because Pierre has the ability to be in front. And it's just in the hands of the team to give him a really good competitive car.”
Regarding the future of the French driver, the team principal confirmed that his seat for next season is already 100% confirmed.
“He will be a driver for us, of Scuderia AlphaTauri, in 2023.”
Turning to Otmar Szafnauer, he was asked about the Aussie driver Oscar Piastri who we remember being the dominant 2021 champion in Formula 2 and a current member of the Alpine Academy.
In the last week Piastri did some tests at Silverstone which, Szafnauer commented, went very well.
“Oscar’s a bright young talent coming through, as we all know. And he's been testing last year's car. At more than just Silverstone. He's done a few others and will do some more in the future. And he's doing very well.”
Talks about his future are also going well, explained the Team Principal: “We’re contracted with Oscar and we have some options on him. So, there's no real need to hurry that, so we'll take our time and at the right moment, within the silly season, we’ll have a look around and make those types of decisions.”
For now Piastri's future still has to be defined, but Szafnauer is firmly convinced that we will certainly see the young Australian talent in F1 as early as next year as he responded with a "yes" when asked if he'd be lining up at the opening event next year.