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There is drama in Formula 1 world.
Australian driver Oscar Piastri, 21, sparked a whirlwind of controversy on Tuesday after he challenged a position with his racing team, Alpine.
The Alpine F1 team announced On Tuesday, Piastri had been promoted to a racing seat for the 2023 season after having been a member of Alpine’s junior program since 2020.
Shortly after announcing the promotion, Piastri took to Twitter to challenge the move, saying he would not be driving for the Alpine team in 2023.
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“I understand that, without my agreement, Alpine F1 issued a press release at the end of the afternoon stating that I will be driving for them next year,” Piastri posted on Twitter. “It’s wrong and I haven’t signed a contract with Alpine for 2023. I won’t be driving for Alpine next year.”
Piastri has reportedly signed a deal with McLaren, according to ESPN. McLaren is expected to replace driver Daniel Ricciardo to sign Piastri.
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Ricciardo’s contract with McLaren runs until 2023.
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Ricciardo was reportedly told by McLaren on Friday of its intention to replace him with Piastri next season, according to ESPN. If Piastri does indeed move to McLaren, Ricciardo’s next move could be to Alpine, where he could fill the spot intended for Piastri.
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Contract disputes in Formula 1 are decided by the FIA’s Contract Recognition Board (CRB). Alpine F1 reportedly appealed to the CRB to determine the validity of its contract with Piastri, according to USA Today.