Australia officially has a new Formula 1 driver, Oscar Piastri has been approved to drive for McLaren by the FIA’s Contract Accreditation Board from 2023.
Both McLaren and Alpine believed Piastre’s current team had the right contracts for his services next season, leading to one of the most dramatic F1 driver disputes in years, but the board agreed only the McLaren deal was valid.
McLaren fired the old Aussie last week for a multi-million dollar fee and released a statement revealing that Piastri has been replaced by compatriot Daniel Ricciardo.
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“I’m very happy to make my F1 debut with such a prestigious team as McLaren and I’m very grateful for the opportunity,” Piastre said in a team statement.
“The team has a long tradition of giving young people a chance, and I look forward to working hard with Lando to push the team to the front of the grid. I am focused on preparing for my first F1 in 2023 and starting my F1 career at Papaya.
Alpine acknowledged the results and issued a brief statement on social media.
“We acknowledge the decision [the CRB] They did,” Alpine said. “We think the matter is closed on our end and we will announce the full driver line-up for 2023 in due course.”
Alpine boss Ottmar Schaffnauer last week accused Piastiri of being disingenuous in investing millions of dollars this year to keep Piastri away from the team, which he relegated to the junior divisions.
The French team will hire Pierre Gasly from Alfatauri to partner Esteban Ocon in 2023.
Ricciardo’s future is unclear, but the Australian has been open about taking a sabbatical if the Suns confirm his options to continue in Formula 1.
He became the 18th Australian driver to compete in Formula One, following Ricciardo, Mark Webber, Jack, Gary and David Brabham, Brian McGuire, Warwick Brown, Alan Jones, Larry Perkins, Vern Shupan, David Walker, Tim Schenken. Paul Hawkins, Frank Gardner, Ken Kavanagh, Paul England and Tony Gaze.
Piastieri won the Formula 2 championship last year and completed a rare junior championship treble, winning the Formula Renault Euro Cup, Formula 3 and Formula 2 crowns in consecutive years.
“Oscar is one of the up-and-coming talents coming to F1 in the feeder series and we are delighted to see him join the team for 2023,” said McLaren chief executive Zach Brown.
“To win both F3 and F2 in consecutive rookie seasons is a real achievement and testament to his ability in single-seater racing.
“With Lando and Oscar we have a young, exciting F1 line-up with huge potential, which will put us in a good position to achieve our future ambitions.”
“Oscar is an exciting addition to the McLaren family, and we look forward to watching him grow with our F1 team.”
Andreas Siedl Piastre hopes to help the team move forward on the grid but has indicated that he will not be able to join the team on a regular basis until the end of the year.
“The whole team is delighted to welcome Oscar to McLaren for the 2023 F1 season,” he said. We still have important work to do this season before Oscar can rejoin the team as soon as possible and make sure he is ready for the challenge ahead, which the team will continue to focus on.
“We look forward to preparing for an exciting 2023 season together.”