Former Formula Two champion Oscar Piastri who appears to be in high-demand amid a sharp increase in younger racers in Formula One, has been accused of lacking integrity by his Alpine F1 Team boss Szafnauer, as McLaren F1 Team have lured Oscar Piastri in.
Piastri still had one and a half years left at his contract as a reserve driver in Alpine F1 Team. Nonetheless, latest remarks from Alpine boss Otmar Szafnauer came against the backdrop of a legal tussle between McLaren and Alpine, while both teams are reportedly looking to an arbitration in FIA’s contract recognition board as early as by next week.
The contract recognition board would determine which team have a viable deal for Piastri until 2023. Nevertheless, McLaren are expecting that Piastri will replace their departing Aussie racer Daniel Ricciardo, however, Alpine announced during the August Summer break that the 22-year-old former F3 and F2 champion would replace Alonso.
However, Piastri had decline Alpine’s claim. Piastri won F3 title in 2020 and F2 driver's championship title back in 2021 before joining Aston Martin as a reserve driver.
Alonso boss expected more integrity from Piastri
In tandem, since a number of old-cookies like of Vettel are considering retirement options, in order to wrestle against a number of vociferous young bloods like of Verstappen, Leclerc and Russel, many Formula One Team have been vying to find out a proper replacement.
Meanwhile, speaking in an interview Sky Sports, Alpine boss Szafnauer said, “My wish for Oscar was he had a bit more integrity. He signed a bit of paper as well back in November and we've done everything on our end of the bargain to prepare him for Formula One and his end of the bargain was to either drive for us or take a seat where we would place him for the next three years. I just wish Oscar would have remembered what he signed in November, what he signed up to”.