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Is Oscar Piastri really going to Alpine?

The team said yes, but the driver said no

Oscar Piastri is part of Alpine's junior driver program. PHOTO FROM FORMULA 1

Formula 1’s silly season kicked off early when Sebastian Vettel announced his retirement, shortly followed by Fernando Alonso’s signing with Aston Martin. With an open seat at Alpine, it seemed obvious that Oscar Piastri, its reserve driver and current Formula 2 champion, would be promoted.

Perhaps Oscar found a better deal with another team. TWITTER POSTS BY ALPINE F1 AND OSCAR PIASTRI

However, shortly after Alpine announced Piastri as Alonso’s replacement, the Australian driver denied it on his Twitter. It has been days since the two conflicting statements were shared, and we still don’t know what’s really going on.

Similar to Charles Leclerc, Piastri consecutively won the Formula 3 and Formula 2 championships. Since the winners of those junior categories aren’t allowed to enter the series again, there’s nowhere else for him to go except Formula 1. We don’t know the complications, but it would be a waste for a talent like Piastri to not compete in the top tier of motorsports.

Leandro Mangubat

Leandro is our staff writer. Although having a background in mechanical engineering, he enjoys photography and writing more.