Oscar Piastri becomes McLaren’s new F1 driver

Oscar Piastri has been with the Formula 1 team of Alpine (formerly Renault) since the beginning of 2020, but will make his debut in Formula 1 with the McLaren team in 2023. The Australian surprised last summer by contradicting that he would succeed the outgoing Fernando Alonso at Alpine, although Alpine stated that was the case. Then the rumor went around that he was working behind the scenes at McLaren’s competitors on a contract and that indeed appears to be the case. McLaren signs Piastri for several years. So it is a fairly extensive contract. Alpine must now definitively look for another driver to replace Alonso. Piastri (21), who succeeds compatriot Daniel Ricciardo, has had a few promising years in racing. Last year he became champion in Formula 2 with the Prema Racing team. A year earlier he also became champion in F3, also with Prema. In 2019 he finished first in the Formula Renault Eurocup. “I am extremely excited to make my F1 debut with such a prestigious team as McLaren and I am very grateful for the opportunity presented to me. It is a long tradition of the team to give young talent a chance and I look forward to working hard with Lando to help the team move forward,” said Piastri.

Source: AutoWeek by www.autoweek.nl.

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