Red Bull Chief Christian Horner unveiled in an interview on Wednesday that he is still regretful over not signing Oscar Piastri to Red Bull academy. In the matter of the fact, latest remarks from the Red Bull boss came against the backdrop of a months-long legal tussle between Alpine and McLaren over Piastri contract. However, the FIA ruled in favour of McLaren’s contract which in effect would allow the 22-year-old reigning F2 champion to join McLaren by 2023. Nonetheless, Red Bull also had been presented with an opportunity to sign Piastri off into its academy several years ago.
Red Bull’s Horner still regrets not signing Piastri
In tandem, Red Bull’s Horner added that he would never let Piastri leave, had he been in Red Bull’s Academy.
Piastri has been in Alpine academy before becoming a reserve for Alpine this season, however, the 22-year-old often criticized the mistreatment that he had to digest in Alpine F1 team.
Speaking in an interview with a press agency on Wednesday, Red Bull chief Horner said, “He drove for the Arden team in Formula 4 and Formula Renault, and was obviously a significant talent.
There was an opportunity for Red Bull to look at him at the time, and we didn't take up that option, which is something that I regret. But what he went on to achieve is phenomenal, in Formula 3 and Formula 2. Now if he'd have been a driver here, there is no way that he wouldn't have been under lock and key for a period in time.
As I say, I wasn't party, it's difficult to judge what was promised or reneged on or so on [at Alpine]. But certainly, it was unexpected, probably from several areas”.