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

Alpine have announced their highly regarded reserve driver Oscar Piastri has been promoted to the race seat next year, replacing Aston Martin’s Fernando Alonso.

Sebastian Vettel revealed on Thursday that he will retire from Formula 1 at the end of the season, triggering a chain reaction when his team Aston Martin announced the signing of Alonso to replace the German for next year.

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The surprise switch has left a seat at Alpine and on Tuesday afternoon it was announced that it would be filled by 21-year-old Australian Piastri, who is now the team’s reserve driver and incumbent. Formula 2 champion, won the title in his rookie season.

A statement from the team announcing the news said: “As part of his formative F1 journey, Oscar was first promoted to the BWT Alpine F1 Team Reserve Driver at the start of the 2022 season and has since then been promoted to BWT Alpine F1 Team Reserve Driver. underwent, under the guidance of the Team and with full financial support, an intensive and comprehensive training program on individual tests on the race-winning A521, the Alpine F1 car of the year. 2021, race support and simulation sessions to prepare him for his next step in F1.

“Alpine now looks forward to seeing the next leg of his F1 career alongside Esteban Ocon.”

Team principal Otmar Szafnauer said: ÔÇťOscar is a bright and rare talent. We are proud to have nurtured and supported him through the arduous journey of junior formulas.

“Through our partnership over the past four years, we’ve seen him develop and mature into a more capable driver to advance to Formula 1.

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“As our Reserve Driver, he was exposed to the team at track, factory and testing, where he demonstrated the maturity, promise and speed to secure promotion. class for our second seat with Esteban.

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

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