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F1 | Oscar Piastri says that he won't be driving for Alpine next year, just hours after Alpine announced him as one of their drivers for 2023

In a remarkable day, the Australian has confirmed that he will not be driving for the French-owned team in 2023.

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F1 | Oscar Piastri says that he won't be driving for Alpine next year, just hours after Alpine announced him as one of their drivers for 2023
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Oscar Piastri has taken to social media to deny Alpine’s press release that he will be driving for the team in 2023 – and categorically stated he won’t be driving for the team next year.

The 21-year-old Australian has been the team’s reserve driver this year following his dominant success in F2 last year. However, he missed out on a race seat with them for 2022. In spite of testing opportunities in older cars and working closely with the team, it seems he has signed a deal somewhere else.

“I understand that, without my agreement, Alpine F1 have put out a press release late this afternoon that I am driving for them next year. This is wrong and I have not signed a contract with Alpine for 2023. I will not be driving for Alpine next year,” said Piastri on social media.

Earlier in the afternoon European time, Alpine had posted a press release saying Piastri would be driving for them next year – but there was no quotes in it from the Australian.

“Oscar is a bright and rare talent. We are proud to have nurtured and supported him through the difficult pathways of the junior formulae. Through our collaboration over the past four years, we have seen him develop and mature into a driver who is more than capable of taking the step up to Formula 1. As our reserve driver he has been exposed to the team at the track, factory and testing where he has shown the maturity, promise and speed to ensure his promotion to our second seat alongside Esteban. Together, we believe the duo will give us the continuity we need to achieve our long-term goal of challenging for wins and championships,” said Alpine boss Otmar Szafnauer.

This chain of events is playing out in a very similar way to the saga involving Alex Palou, Chip Ganassi Racing and McLaren in IndyCar at present. How will it end up?

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