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Alpine F1 boss hits Australian driver Oscar Piastri with a stunning smackdown after walk out

Alpine F1 boss hits Aussie boy Oscar Piastri with stunning blow after sensationally refusing to drive for team: ‘It’s about integrity as a person

  • Piastri has quit Alpine and is strongly linked to a switch to McLaren
  • McLaren is the manufacturer that recently fired compatriot Daniel Ricciardo
  • The two drivers are set to switch manufacturers for the 2023 F1 season
  • Alpine boss Otmar Szafnauer is angry and can take legal action

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Furious Alpine team boss Otmar Szafnauer will demand financial compensation from young Aussie driver Oscar Piastri after he left the manufacturer.

Piastri, who is led by Australian F1 legend Mark Webber, is being tipped to replace Daniel Ricciardo at McLaren in 2023 after the 33-year-old was sacked by the manufacturer.

Now Alpine looms as the most likely destination for Ricciardo, to replace Piastri as Fernando Alonso’s backup driver.

Former F1 star Mark Webber, Oscar Piastri and Webber's wife Ann Neal

Former F1 star Mark Webber, Oscar Piastri and Webber’s wife Ann Neal

Alpine boss Otmar Szafnauer

Alpine boss Otmar Szafnauer

Daniel Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo

Alpine boss Otmar Scafnauer and Aussie star Daniel Ricciardo, who has been linked to Alpine

However, Szafnauer is wild because of the time and money that Alpine has invested in the development of Piastri.

“I expected more loyalty from Piastri,” he said.

“We have a contract with Piastri, which he signed in November, we’ve talked to our lawyers and they’ve told us this is a binding contract, so part of that contract allows us to have Oscar in one of our offices in 2023. place cars.

“We have to take into account that we put him in a single-seater last year and he has covered 3,500 kilometers,” said Szafnauer.

“We’ve done seven independent tests with him and it’s not cheap at all. The cost of a motorcycle alone is 1,750,000 euros. The mechanics, the team that did those tests, the flights and travel…

“We have spent a lot of money on Piastri to prepare him for the future. And if that future isn’t with us, it makes sense and fair that we seek compensation.

While Ricciardo appears to be the best option for Alpine, Szafnauer said there are 14 discs looming as possible replacements.

“If Piastri isn’t in the car – which I think he will be – because Fernando is gone, I have about 14 calls from drivers who are interested, because the Alpine seat is the most valuable seat left,” he said. he.

“There has to be some loyalty to the fact that we have literally invested millions and millions of euros to prepare it. So I don’t understand either, you have to ask him.

‘I’ve never seen anything like it.

Australian reserve driver Oscar Piastri of the BWT Alpine Formula 1 Team poses for a photo during a media moment at the Todd Road Karting Circuit

Australian reserve driver Oscar Piastri of the BWT Alpine Formula 1 Team poses for a photo during a media moment at the Todd Road Karting Circuit

Australian reserve driver Oscar Piastri of the BWT Alpine Formula 1 Team poses for a photo during a media moment at the Todd Road Karting Circuit

“He should have it with that team that took care of him, that got him to the World Championship and especially that last year put him in a Formula 1 car so he would be ready so he would know the circuits.” .

“I expected more loyalty from Oscar than he shows. I started in Formula 1 in 1989 and I’ve never seen anything like it. And it’s not about Formula 1, it’s about integrity as a person.

“He signed a piece of paper, a document, saying he would do something different.

“For me, the way I grew up, I don’t have to sign a piece of paper and then have someone say, ‘You’re lying, because you signed this.’ For me, if you say, “Hey, help me, I’ll help you tomorrow,” there’s no way I would go back on my word. Not really.

“You have done everything I asked you (from Alpine to Piastri) and now I promise you that if you do this, I will do this. I don’t need paper that says, ‘With a clause I can get out of here.’

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