Alpine publicizes Oscar Piastri as Fernando Alonso’s alternative for 2023

Alpine has announced that highly-rated reserve driver Oscar Piastri has been promoted to a race seat next year, deputizing for Aston Martin-bound Fernando Alonso.

Sebastian Vettel revealed on Thursday that he would be retiring from Formula 1 at the end of the season, prompting a chain reaction that his Aston Martin team announced the signing of Alonso to replace the German next year.

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The surprise switch left an open seat at Alpine, and on Tuesday evening they announced that it would be filled by 21-year-old Australian Piastri, who is currently the team’s reserve driver, and is the reigning Formula 2 champion , after winning the title i. his rookie season.

A statement from the team announcing the news said: “As part of his formative F1 journey, Oscar was promoted for the first time to BWT’s Alpine F1 Team Reserve Driver at the start of the 2022 season and has since continued in respect, under the guidance of the Team and in its entirety. financial support, an intensive and comprehensive training program of private tests in the race-winning A521, the Alpine F1 2021 car, race support and simulator sessions to prepare him for the next big step into F1.

“Alpach is now looking forward to the next step in his F1 career alongside Esteban Ocon.”

Team Principal Otmar Szafnauer said: “Oscar is a bright and rare talent. We are proud to have nurtured and supported him through the difficult paths of the junior formulas.

“Through our collaboration over the last four years, we have seen him develop and mature into a driver who is more than capable of making the step up to Formula 1.

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“As our Reserve Driver he was exposed to the team at the track, factory and testing where he showed the maturity, commitment and speed to secure his promotion to our second seat alongside Esteban.

“Together, we believe the two will give us the continuity we need to achieve our long-term goal of challenging for wins and championships.”

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