An FIA statement on Friday confirmed that the CRB had unanimously decided that Piastri’s deal with McLaren was its only valid deal for next year, after Alpine planned to put him in a race seat next year.
McLaren followed this news by announcing that Piastri had joined the team from 2023 on a multi-year deal, completing the lineup alongside Lando Norris.
“I am extremely excited to make my F1 debut with such a prestigious team as McLaren and I am very grateful for the opportunity presented to me,” said Piastri.
“The team has a long tradition of giving young talent a chance and I look forward to working hard with Lando to push the team forward. I am focused on preparing for my F1 debut in 2023 and starting my F1 career in papaya. ”
Oscar Piastri, Alpine A521
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The news puts an end to the contract saga that has entangled Piastri and Alpine in recent weeks, sparked by Fernando Alonso’s decision to leave Alpine for Aston Martin in 2023.
Alpine announced that Piastri would race for the team next year the day after Alonso announced his departure, but Piastri denied that he would race for the team next year.
The CRB ruling revealed that on July 4 – the Monday after the British Grand Prix – Piastri and McLaren signed an agreement that was reportedly a back-up deal for next year.
But with Daniel Ricciardo’s departure from McLaren since agreed, the deal could be upgraded for a full race seat.
In a brief statement, Alpine said: “We consider the matter closed on our side and will announce our full 2023 lineup in due course.
“Our immediate focus is the Dutch Grand Prix and scoring points in our battle for fourth place in the Constructors’ Championship.”
It leaves Alpine looking for a driver to join Esteban Ocon with the team next year and means it will lose to Piastri for free at the end of the season. If the CRB had ruled in Alpine’s favour, McLaren would have had to come to an agreement with the team to cancel his contract for next year.
Motorsport.com announced last week that Alpine was interested in signing Pierre Gasly and was in talks with Red Bull about a deal for the Frenchman, who has a contract with AlphaTauri for next year.
Piastri will make his F1 debut at McLaren next year after a stellar junior career winning the F3 and F2 titles in successive years before becoming Alpine’s reserve driver for 2022.
“Oscar is one of the emerging talents coming to F1 through the feeder series and we are excited to see him join the team in 2023,” said McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown.
“Winning both F3 and F2 in consecutive rookie seasons is a real achievement and a testament to his talent in single-seater racing.
“In Lando and Oscar, we have a young, exciting F1 line-up with huge potential, which will serve us well to achieve our future ambitions. Oscar is an exciting addition to the McLaren family and we look forward to seeing him grow with our F1 team.”