F1: In the turmoil, the Piastri clan comes out of silence

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F1: In the turmoil, the Piastri clan comes out of silence

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F1: In the turmoil, the Piastri clan comes out of silence

Published on September 7, 2022 at 1:35 p.m. by The editorial staff updated on September 7, 2022 at 1:41 p.m.

This is the case that has been shaking the paddock lately. In addition to the setbacks of Ferrari, the successes of Max Verstappen or the clash between Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso, it is Oscar Piastri who is talking about him. While the Alpine team had formalized his arrival as a replacement for Fernando Alonso, the Australian finally joined McLaren. Outraged by Alpine’s behavior, the young driver’s adviser came out of silence.

It’s now official, Oscar Piastri decided to join McLaren next season whenAlpine announced him as a replacement for Fernando Alonsoleaving for Aston Martin. The old pilot Mark Webber is now the advisor to the promising Australian. It returns to the forcing ofAlpine to sign his foal and does not mince his words.

“They forced his hand”

Mark Webber don’t give up. For him, the behavior ofAlpine was outrageous in the case Piastri. ” The chronological situation was that Fernando was still in contention” Webber said. For us, the performance around Fernando in 2023 and 2024, it was not really a decision between the two at the time, and Oscar made the decision to go to McLaren. They forced his hand. He knew he didn’t have a contract, he knew he had already signed for another team and Alpine made a statement saying that he was going to drive for them next year. It was a rather embarrassing statement for Oscar to make. ” cowardly Webber in comments relayed by Nextgen-Auto.

“He felt uncomfortable”

The adviser ofOscar Piastri find it unfortunate thatAlpine spoiled the announcement of the arrival of his protege in Formula 1. ” Of course, he felt uncomfortable, but he had to make a firm decision to make his position absolutely clear. Moreover, Alpine knew about this position before the statement was released, which was even more frustrating for Oscar. For him, it was the greatest moment of his life, from making the announcement that he was going to join F1 after 12 years of hard work, going through all the junior categories. But having this kind of announcement that wasn’t really right was hard enough for him. » laments Mark Webber.

“I felt the very attractive offer from McLaren and the positive relationship with them so far”

The principal concerned, namely Oscar Piastri, justified his choice to snub the French team which nevertheless trained him. “ There was a lack of clarity around my future in the Alpine team. They have publicly stated that they want to continue with Fernando [Alonso] for at least another year or two. I respect that. But after spending the year my hopes were firmly set on an Alpine seat and the lack of clarity and, as with Fernando, a bit of an odd feeling in the negotiations, I didn’t feel like it was the right decision for me [de rester]. The lack of clarity around my future ultimately meant a breakdown in trust, I felt the very attractive offer from McLaren and the positive relationship with them so far. These are all reasons why I thought McLaren would be best for the future explains the Australian driver.

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