Aussie Piastri expected to race F1 in 2023

Alpine count on Australian star Oscar Piastri will probably be racing in System One subsequent yr.

The workforce principal Otmar Szafnauer made the announcement on Saturday however did not point out which workforce it will be with.

Piastri received the System Two championship final yr, after additionally taking the System Three title on the first try, and he is the reserve driver at Renault-owned Alpine behind double world champion Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon.

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The 21-year-old has been linked specifically to Mercedes-powered Williams, however Alpine provided him to McLaren as a potential stand-in earlier within the yr.

Requested on the Canadian Grand Prix whether or not he thought Piastri could be racing in F1 subsequent yr, Szafnauer replied: “Sure.”

Pressed on the topic, he added: “We do not speak concerning the particulars of our contracts with drivers.

“However after I do say sure, that is the plan.”

Ocon has a contract at Alpine till 2024 however Alonso, 40, is out of contract on the finish of the yr though he’s performing strongly and eager on staying.

“We’re contracted with Oscar, we now have some choices on him so there isn’t any actual must hurry that,” mentioned Szafnauer.

Alpine have an in depth preparation programme deliberate for Piastri this season and he lately examined a 2021 automotive at Silverstone.

Williams workforce principal Jost Capito mentioned the Melbourne driver was definitely on their listing.

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