And it is that, his attempt to cover the place that the Spanish will leave with Oscar Piastri did not go as expected, since the Australian said that won’t run for them.
With this, you keep a slot to ride alongside Esteban Ocon in the 2023 season at Alpine.
However, for several days there have been rumors of a possible deal for Piastri to move to McLaren.
Otmar Szafnauer, CEO and Team Principal of Alpinehe said in an interview for The confidential that there should be loyalty on the part of Piastri due to the fact that the team has supported him to prepare it.
There should be some loyalty to the fact that we have invested literally millions and millions of euros to prepare him
“There should be some loyalty to the fact that we have invested literally millions and millions of euros to prepare him.”
“I expected more loyalty from Piastri. He should have it with that team that has taken care of him, that has taken him to the World Cup and, above all, that during the last year has put him in a Formula 1 so that he was ready, so that he knew the circuits, “he told the media. .
Otmar Szafnauer added that his start in Formula 1 was in 1989 and he had never before seen anything like what happened to the 21-year-old Oscar Piastri.
“He signed a paper, a document, saying that he would do something different. For me, as I grew up, I don’t need to sign a paper and then someone says ‘you’re lying, because you signed this’. For me, if you say ‘hey, help me, tomorrow I’ll help you’, no way would I go back on my word”, added the Alpine crew chief.
On August 2, the team Alpine had announced that its reserve driver Oscar Piastri would be promoted to race driver for the next season and take the wheel left by Fernando Alonso.
However, Piastri later pointed out that the information spread by the team was false and that he had not signed any contract with Alpine for 2023.