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I suspect best financially ….
Seems like a perfect match - Aston Martin being such a high quality operation run by one of the great men of motor racing joined by Alonso the ultimate team player with a track record of being a supportive mentor to young drivers such as Hamilton, Piquet Jr, Vandoorne, and Ocon. Young Lance must be delighted.
 

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Seems like a perfect match - Aston Martin being such a high quality operation run by one of the great men of motor racing joined by Alonso the ultimate team player with a track record of being a supportive mentor to young drivers such as Hamilton, Piquet Jr, Vandoorne, and Ocon. Young Lance must be delighted.
LOL. Right? Can you imagine the atmosphere the first time Alonso and & Stroll Sr have a disagreement???
 

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Interestingly, they have never been partial towards Vettel, although they might have been expected to favour a four-times WDC.
I suspect that Ferdi might have a different attitude regarding whether as a former champion he deserves preferential treatment.
I simply suspect he will let his driving do the talking and, like fine wine, he seems to be holding his own as he ages so Lance will have his hands full.
 

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Piastri makes shock announcement he will not debut in F1 with Alpine next year

2023 F1 season
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2nd August 2022, 19:17 | Written by Keith Collantine

Oscar Piastri has issued a statement denying he will make his Formula 1 debut for Alpine next year, hours after the team claimed he would.
Alpine announced this afternoon its reserve driver had been chosen to take the place of Fernando Alonso in 2023. It followed Aston Martin’s surprise announcement yesterday that they had hired Alonso for next season.
Piastri, the reigning Formula 2 champion, seemed a logical choice of replacement for Alonso. However he has now issued a statement insisting he will not race for the team next year.
“I understand that, without my agreement, Alpine F1 have put out a press release late this afternoon that I am driving for them next year,” he posted on social media. “This is wrong and I have not signed a contract with Alpine for 2023.
“I will not be driving for Alpine next year.”
Prior to Alonso’s decision to leave Alpine, the team had looked at loaning him to a rival such as Williams. Rumours also linked him to McLaren as a potential replacement for the under-performing Daniel Ricciardo, though he already holds a contract for next year.
The Piastri situation holds remarkable parallels to IndyCar driver Alex Palou’s ongoing wrangle with Chip Ganassi Racing. Palou won the IndyCar title for the team last year, and they announced last month they had taken up an option on his services for next year, only for Palou to immediately contradict that. McLaren SP subsequently announced they had signed Palou. The driver and Ganassi are now heading to court over the dispute.
 

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“However, the lack of a confirmation from Piastri only fuelled rumours that his manager Mark Webber had been negotiating with McLaren, which also wanted to hire the young Australian.”
The rumours are increasingly focused on Piastri's being in the second seat next year.
Allegedly - there is a clause in Ricciardo's contract whereby if McLaren pay him his salary plus a $1m break-up fee and release him to drive for whomever he wishes, McLaren have the option of bidding him farewell and having Piastri (or anyone) in that seat next year.
 

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The rumours are increasingly focused on Piastri's being in the second seat next year.
Allegedly - there is a clause in Ricciardo's contract whereby if McLaren pay him his salary plus a $1m break-up fee and release him to drive for whomever he wishes, McLaren have the option of bidding him farewell and having Piastri (or anyone) in that seat next year.
Yes. Rumor is that Daniel will return to Alpine …. 😁
 

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Nothing confirmed yet, but in the last 48 hours the probability that Piastri will drive for McLaren next year appears to have gone from rather likely to pretty much certain. The Contract Recognition Board, the rulings of which F1 teams are obliged to accept, has stated that Piastri's contract with McLaren is valid.

As for Ricciardo, who knows?

As for the management of Alpine F1 Racing, the world awaits the video of their Viry-Châtillon factory with a couple of heads rolling out the front door.
 

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Nothing confirmed yet, but in the last 48 hours the probability that Piastri will drive for McLaren next year appears to have gone from rather likely to pretty much certain. The Contract Recognition Board, the rulings of which F1 teams are obliged to accept, has stated that Piastri's contract with McLaren is valid.

As for Ricciardo, who knows?

As for the management of Alpine F1 Racing, the world awaits the video of their Viry-Châtillon factory with a couple of heads rolling out the front door.
As for Ricciardo, who cares?
 

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McLaren has told Daniel Ricciardo it intends to replace him with Formula 2 champion Oscar Piastri next season, a source close to the Australian driver has confirmed to ESPN.

ESPN understands Ricciardo was informed of the decision by team boss Andreas Seidl after the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday evening and is now in discussions with the team over a financial settlement to leave his contract a year earlier than its 2023 expiration date.

Multiple sources have told ESPN McLaren and Piastri have signed a deal for next year and now only Alpine's appeal to the FIA contract recognition board could stop him driving there.

On Tuesday, Alpine announced Piastri would replace Aston Martin-bound Fernando Alonso but Piastri tweeted over an hour later saying he would not race for the French team next year.

Assuming McLaren's contract with Piastri is upheld, Ricciardo now seems likely to take the Alpine seat his fellow Australian did not want for the 2023 season, which would mean a smaller pay-out than if he sat out for the full year.

Ricciardo raced at Alpine when it was known as Renault in 2019 and 2020 and the management team has completely changed since he left for McLaren.
Ricciardo was one of the grid's strongest performers in 2020 and there is a feeling in the Formula One paddock he needs a change of scenery to return to his old form.
New Alpine team boss Otmar Szafnauer recently said he would have no objections with Ricciardo coming back to the team.
A move to the French team would also come with the appealing prospect of racing McLaren on track next year, with the two teams fighting for fourth in this year's championship and likely to be similarly matched next season.
A left-field option would be for Ricciardo to replace Mick Schumacher at Haas, although it is believed Ferrari has the final say over that seat at the American team.
According to a report in Racer.com, McLaren is stalling on officially announcing Piastri until Ricciardo can find himself a drive elsewhere on next year's grid.
The Piastri coup is as big a moment for McLaren as it is embarrassing for Alpine, who look set to have lost a two-time world champion and a potential future world champion to rival teams in the space of 72 hours.
Piastri, 21, will join Lando Norris, 22, for his rookie year in what will be a strong candidate for the best young driver pairing on the F1 grid.
 
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