We explain how Alpine got so wrong with its deal with Oscar Piastri in the latest edition of The Race F1 podcast.
Scott Mitchell-Malm joins Edd Straw to discuss the Contract Recognition Board’s decision that Piastri had a valid contract to race for McLaren in 2023 and 24 and not Alpine, which was the big talking point in the paddock at the Dutch Grand Prix on the first practice day at Zandvoort.
The timeline of the deals, and how it intertwines with McLaren driver Daniel Ricciardo being told his services were no longer needed, is exposed – particularly in relation to the revelation that Piastri’s contract was signed on July 4.
We also discuss Alpine’s likely choice as Esteban Ocon’s teammate having missed out on both Fernando Alonso and Piastri, and what that means for the rest of the F1 driver market.
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