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L'affaire Piastri / Whither Oscar? (At McLaren!) [edited]


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#1 Marklar

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Posted 02 August 2022 - 18:02

Well, Alpine has confirmed him, he now tweeted this
 

Oscar Piastri
@OscarPiastri
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. This is wrong and I have not signed a contract with Alpine for 2023. I will not be driving for Alpine next year.

We have our own Palou on our hands here!


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#2 Anja

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Posted 02 August 2022 - 18:03

This season just keeps on giving. 



#3 jwill189

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Posted 02 August 2022 - 18:05

Rossi and Otmar deserve every bit of blowback.  :up:



#4 Ross Stonefeld

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Posted 02 August 2022 - 18:05

Come on man  :lol:



#5 PlatenGlass

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Posted 02 August 2022 - 18:05

Amazing.

#6 PayasYouRace

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Posted 02 August 2022 - 18:06

So indeed we have Palou Mk.2 on our hands.

 

I don’t understand this at all. It’s just too weird that two separate teams in two separate series would both do the same thing and announce a driver who then immediately denies the announcement. The McLaren connection is there of course, but how are they getting it so wrong.

 

Something stinks here.



#7 Scaboo22

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Posted 02 August 2022 - 18:06

Called it

#8 AlbinoHippo

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Posted 02 August 2022 - 18:07

This is the greatest silly season ever.

#9 Pete_f1

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Posted 02 August 2022 - 18:07

How odd

#10 CSF

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Posted 02 August 2022 - 18:07

If this is Zak Brown again, he's doing a madness. 



#11 Emilvang

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Posted 02 August 2022 - 18:08

Woooow.



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Posted 02 August 2022 - 18:08

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#13 jwill189

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Posted 02 August 2022 - 18:08

So indeed we have Palou Mk.2 on our hands.

 

I don’t understand this at all. It’s just too weird that two separate teams in two separate series would both do the same thing and announce a driver who then immediately denies the announcement. The McLaren connection is there of course, but how are they getting it so wrong.

 

Something stinks here.

 

Zak Brown is the Littlefinger of the F1 universe.



#14 FortiFord

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Posted 02 August 2022 - 18:08

Interestingly he unequivocally says he will not be driving for Alpine next year, as opposed to something like "I have not signed a contract for Alpine yet". That can only mean he's headed to Mclaren or somewhere else outside of F1. I wonder if this episode will mean Alpine lose Piastri for good. 


Edited by FortiFord, 02 August 2022 - 18:09.


#15 Cliff

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Posted 02 August 2022 - 18:08

I’m so confused.

#16 thegamer23

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Posted 02 August 2022 - 18:08

Alpine in panic!



#17 Myrvold

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Posted 02 August 2022 - 18:08

So, McLaren got... 7 drivers and 7 seats? Problem is that 2 of those seats are in Formula E and none of the 7 drivers wants to drive there.



#18 MastaKink

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Posted 02 August 2022 - 18:09

Oh Alpine...



#19 FirstnameLastname

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Posted 02 August 2022 - 18:09

Did Alpine sign the Ferrari strategy team to handle their driver contracts??

Losing Piastri and Alonso in the course of 2 days… :lol:

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#20 Scaboo22

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Posted 02 August 2022 - 18:09

If you ever change jobs guys, just double check you haven’t already signed a contract with Zak Brown.

#21 Junky

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Posted 02 August 2022 - 18:10

I mean, it is a risky move by Piastri/Webber: there is a possibility - even if it can be small - of ruining his career.



#22 TomNokoe

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Posted 02 August 2022 - 18:12

Piastri better be the best driver ever after this mess

#23 RisingFive

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Posted 02 August 2022 - 18:12

Poor old Danny Ric, must be constantly refreshing twitter.



#24 Spillage

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Posted 02 August 2022 - 18:12

Second massive WTF moment in two days. Crazy stuff!

 

Sounds like Mclaren might have at least four F1 drivers under contractr for next year :p


Edited by Spillage, 02 August 2022 - 18:12.


#25 MinardiCrashDummy

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Posted 02 August 2022 - 18:12

If i was him i wouldn't be trusting zak brown.

 

He's making a mistake imo.



#26 Scaboo22

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Posted 02 August 2022 - 18:12

Lost in all of this is that Danny Ric is at this moment likely without a drive for 2023. Yes he can join Alpine but will he end up there? Remains to be seen

#27 Gintonious

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Posted 02 August 2022 - 18:12

Surely this just confirms that Piastri wants to go elsewhere now?

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Posted 02 August 2022 - 18:13

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#29 FirstnameLastname

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Posted 02 August 2022 - 18:13

Lost in all of this is that Danny Ric is at this moment likely without a drive for 2023. Yes he can join Alpine but will he end up there? Remains to be seen


He ditched them already to go to mclaren…. You think they want him back?

#30 Gintonious

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Posted 02 August 2022 - 18:14

Lost in all of this is that Danny Ric is at this moment likely without a drive for 2023. Yes he can join Alpine but will he end up there? Remains to be seen


I’d hazard a guess Piastri wants McLaren more, so Danny might have to get very creative in all of this.

#31 GiorgioF1

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Posted 02 August 2022 - 18:14

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#32 ARTGP

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Posted 02 August 2022 - 18:14

I mean, it is a risky move by Piastri/Webber: there is a possibility - even if it can be small - of ruining his career.


Piastri IS driving for Mclaren. It’s career suicide otherwise.

Edited by ARTGP, 02 August 2022 - 18:15.


#33 hayabusasc

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Posted 02 August 2022 - 18:15

I like this strategy from Mclaren. Get all their competitors involved in legal battles involving drivers and while they're distracted, focus in developing the car..

#34 SophieB

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Posted 02 August 2022 - 18:15

I bet right now there’s a saturnine Spaniard sitting on a Greek beach, refreshing twitter and laughing his ass off at all the chaos in his wake.



#35 ARTGP

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Posted 02 August 2022 - 18:16

Zak Brown has been taking swings at the F1 establishment for the last 2 years. We are naive not to have seen this coming.

#36 917k

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Posted 02 August 2022 - 18:16

When I saw the tweet I thought it had to be someone trying to be a bit clever with Palou’s tweet…but it seems genuine, crazy!



#37 MJB5990

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Posted 02 August 2022 - 18:17

So Piastri must have an iron clad contract elsewhere. Bet Fernando is loving this. Someone at Alpine has royally f'd up.

Alpine might have to go back to Daniel. Not sure who else they could really get at this point. Apart from the other 37 drivers Zak Brown has signed.

#38 crespo

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Posted 02 August 2022 - 18:17

As Alonso would say:

 

"KARMA!"



#39 jwill189

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Posted 02 August 2022 - 18:17

I bet right now there’s a saturnine Spaniard sitting on a Greek beach, refreshing twitter and laughing his ass off at all the chaos in his wake.

 

Alonso tweeted a picture of him at his go-kart track in Spain.

 

Otmar wrong once again.



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#40 Scaboo22

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Posted 02 August 2022 - 18:17

I bet right now there’s a saturnine Spaniard sitting on a Greek beach, refreshing twitter and laughing his ass off at all the chaos in his wake.


“Haha amazing! Karma!”

Edited by Scaboo22, 02 August 2022 - 18:17.


#41 Loosenut

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Posted 02 August 2022 - 18:17

Szafnauer will be having his P45 delivered by Dr Martin..

#42 MastaKink

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Posted 02 August 2022 - 18:17

 

 

Dan might do ok out of this if he goes to Alpine, but yeah not a great way to find out. 



#43 MinardiCrashDummy

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Posted 02 August 2022 - 18:17

Piastri better have a 3 year plus ironclad contract from McLaren otherwise he has been advised badly,



#44 Silberpfeil

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Posted 02 August 2022 - 18:18

Szafnauer, Ganassi and Ricciardo will be opening a support group soon, I think.

#45 RisingFive

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Posted 02 August 2022 - 18:18

Thing for Ricciardo is, if he puts the emotion of being dumped out of it, it’s probably a better career move than getting absolutely trousered by Lando for another year.

 

No reason why next years Alpine won’t be a match for Mclaren.



#46 Broekschaap

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Posted 02 August 2022 - 18:18

I foresee an upcoming contract recognition board meeting!



#47 Rumblestrip

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Posted 02 August 2022 - 18:18

He ditched them already to go to mclaren…. You think they want him back?

 

Well, if he does end up at Alpine he'll have been their 3rd choice for the seat (at best).



#48 TomNokoe

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Posted 02 August 2022 - 18:19

When I saw the tweet I thought it had to be someone trying to be a bit clever with Palou’s tweet…but it seems genuine, crazy!


I really wish he had just copy pasted from Palou

#49 Marklar

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Posted 02 August 2022 - 18:19

I bet right now there’s a saturnine Spaniard sitting on a Greek beach, refreshing twitter and laughing his ass off at all the chaos in his wake.

I'm 100 % convinced he did this on purpose. Alonso retur to F1 is basically one big troll fest anyway  :lol:  



#50 hayabusasc

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Posted 02 August 2022 - 18:20

Drive to Survive are going to have some super edited clip of Piastri checking his phone with ominous music in the background aren't they when it's this episode next year.