McLaren has today confirmed that Oscar Piastri will drive for the team in 2023 after his current employer, Alpine lost their case with the FIA’s Contract Recognition Board to keep him in their camp.
The verdict will come as a blow to the French team as it loses its highly sought after reserve driver in the midst of their search for a replacement for Fernando Alonso next season.
Alpine had insisted that the contract Piastri held with him meant he would race in Alonso’s place next year which led them to prematurely announce his arrival on the grid back in August.
In an awkward and controversial response, the Australian driver jumped on social media to immediately refuted the team’s public confirmation, saying his Alpine clause had expired.
The Contract Recognition Board (CRB) therefore met to work through the dispute and come to a fair result, and on Friday revealed they had ruled in McLaren and Piastri’s favour.
The CRB said Piastri had signed a deal with McLaren on July 4 and was entitled to drive for the team in 2023 and 2024.
On the back of this news, McLaren quickly announced its a multi-year deal with the rookie driver who will team up with Lando Norris.
Speaking on the back of the announcement, Piastri said: “I’m extremely excited to be making my F1 debut with such a prestigious team as McLaren and I’m very grateful for the opportunity that’s been offered to me.
“The team has a long tradition of giving young talent a chance, and I’m looking forward to working hard alongside Lando to push the team towards the front of the grid.”