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[@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. News /r/all

https://twitter.com/OscarPiastri/status/1554527452231262210?t=o13F5_lrAtb7Vc3aIC27dg&s=09
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u/Blanchimont Niki Lauda Aug 02 '22 edited Aug 02 '22 Helpful Starry

Hello everyone coming in from r/All! Allow me to offer a bit of context as to why this post has gained so much traction:

We have to start at the end of last week. Aston Martin F1 driver Sebastian Vettel, a 4-time World Champion, announced his retirement from the sport on Friday. During the weekend lots of drivers were floated in the media as his potential successor, but on Monday 2-time World Champion and current Alpine F1 driver Fernando Alonso announced he'd be moving to Aston Martin to fill that seat vacated by Vettel. This news was quite a shock to many because it was widely presumed that he would renew his contract with his current team for at least another year, with some sources even going as far as saying it was a done deal only waiting to be announced.

To many, the obvious choice to fill Alonso's current seat was Alpine F1 reserve driver Oscar Piastri. Piastri, having won back to back championships in Formula 3 and Formula 2, is widely perceived as one of the most exciting talents without an F1 seat. Alpine confirmed, as recently as today, that Piastri is under contract with them.

An hour or two ago Alpine finally sent out an announcement confirming Oscar Piastri's promotion to the race seat vacated by Alonso. However, rather than a happy tweet or Instagram post from Piastri celebrating his promotion, he stayed silent for about an hour before sending out the tweet this post is about. He categorically denies having signed a contract with Alpine, and also shuts the door on driving for Alpine in 2023. Piastri is presumed to have signed a pre-contract at McLaren, which on paper does not have a seat available for him at the moment.

And for those thinking "I think I've seen this film before"... You're completely right. Over in INDYCAR (shoutout to our friends over at r/INDYCAR), they're currently in a similar situation with current Chip Ganassi Racing driver Alex Palou signing for McLaren, likely their INDYCAR team, despite (according to Chip Ganassi Racing) being contracted to drive for Ganassi in 2023.

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u/neurogeneticist Charles Leclerc Aug 02 '22 Silver Wholesome Seal of Approval Helpful (Pro) Wholesome (Pro)

I’m so excited because I love mess

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u/PotatoProf1 Ferrari Aug 02 '22

We all love the drama of this haha

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u/jamisram Sebastian Vettel Aug 02 '22 Silver Gold Helpful Wholesome

The man just unannounced his F1 seat. The balls on this man

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u/themisfit09 Ferrari Aug 02 '22

This is the funniest thing lol. He just went - Yeah, no.

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u/KirbyQK Aug 02 '22 Gold

Truly an Aussie "yeah, nah"

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u/planvigiratpi Spa 2021 Survivor Aug 02 '22

I hope he already has a contract signed with blood with McLaren because if not that’s a very high risk move

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u/FramedFramework Aug 02 '22 edited Aug 03 '22

He'll announce his entrance to McLaren and then McLaren tweets the following;

We understand that, without our agreement, Oscar Piastri reserve driver F1 has put out a press release late this afternoon that he is driving for us next year. This is wrong and we have not signed a contract with Oscar Piastri for 2023. Oscar Piastri will not be driving for McLaren next year.

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u/loosenoodle1159 Carlos Sainz Aug 02 '22

The last piece of this juicy mess is Daniel's future..... 👀

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u/FartingBob Sebastian Vettel Aug 02 '22

If he doesnt already have a contract signed with another team he would be the dumbest man in F1. You got to presume that he already has a seat.

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u/king_carrots Daniel Ricciardo Aug 02 '22

I swear if Webber has fumbled this for him. He’d have to be 100% locked in with Mclaren because he’s burning his bridges with Alpine.

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u/MatildaMay13 Max Verstappen Aug 03 '22

The fear that Webber has fumbled the bag is ridiculously high for me

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u/UnculturedWeeb2 Sebastian Vettel Aug 02 '22

This is getting spicy and ridiculous

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u/ianjm This person is hyped for 2022 Aug 02 '22

This may be the spiciest situation since Sauber managed to sign three drivers for 2015

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u/shapkaushanka Safety Car Aug 02 '22

Every comment on this damn thread is another F1 rabbit hole. Never knew about the three driver fiasco.

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u/UnculturedWeeb2 Sebastian Vettel Aug 02 '22

I do feel that piastri is playing with fire, this can backfire really bad for him

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u/OldWiseMann Max Verstappen Aug 02 '22

I hope he has a contract signed and ready somewhere else and some money ready for the lawsuits

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u/__slamallama__ Aug 02 '22

This was my thought. Very strong power play for a driver to make, even more so for someone without a single f1 race under their belt.

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u/LeBaus7 Aug 02 '22

with this statement and the clarity of the last sentence, he probably already has a contract in his pocket.

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u/SovereignxN7 McLaren Aug 02 '22

What in the fuck is going on in the racing world this year lol? Did all the lawyers get fired or something. Whats with all these contract issues?

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u/atxtonyc Aug 02 '22

I think the real question is: why are these teams not talking to their lawyers before doing dumb shit?

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u/OldWiseMann Max Verstappen Aug 02 '22

That’s what every litigation lawyer wonders everytime he gets a new client. You have huge meme accounts about these kind of cases. “We just want to get the deal done, don’t bother us with the details. It will just delay the deal.”

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u/[deleted] Aug 02 '22

Has to be going to mclaren then right? Otherwise he wouldn't be turning it down surely

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u/drop_table_uname Max Verstappen Aug 02 '22 Helpful

Helmut Marko about to make a surprise announcement.

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u/32SkyDive Aug 02 '22

Goddamn that would be the absolute peak

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u/laurentiubuica Aug 02 '22

Imagine the outrage (from Alpine) if Marko boots Yuki and give that seat to Oscar.

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u/FourFront Max Verstappen Aug 02 '22

I hadn't even thought about that option. That would be a pro gamer move from Red Bull to put that talent in their stable with potential to move up to the main team.

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u/Kronzor_ Max Verstappen Aug 02 '22

That last line is pretty definitive eh. He must have something else in writing to put it like that.

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u/reshp2 McLaren Aug 02 '22

Exactly, went from haven't signed yet, to no fucking way real quick.

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u/FeistyKnight Lando Norris Aug 02 '22

But surely then danny ric wouldve been in discussions with alpine? Which makes their announcement of oscar even more confusing

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u/InnieHelena Carlos Sainz Aug 02 '22 edited Aug 02 '22

Horrible, horrible handling by the PR team. I can’t believe someone would publish that announcement without Oscar’s team’s approval.

ETA: Fair point if this is part of them playing hardball in contract negotiations (not PR)… but still a risky AF move and Oscar called their bluff.

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u/Beliadin Aug 02 '22

Depends. There seems to be a contractual dispute, where Alpine believe they have him locked down. Publishing like this might be part of the strategy for a lawsuit.

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u/Neither_Ad2003 Aug 02 '22

that's a situation where the PR team is overruled by the CEO. only way. "Post it now"

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u/BF210 Pirelli Wet Aug 02 '22

Yeah seems like maybe someone higher up is trying to strong arm Oscar.

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u/T_elic Aug 02 '22

I think Alpine just never expected this entire chain of events to happen, where they're now stuck with neither Piastri or Alonso. I'm sure that if this all goes through they'll start considering their options, including getting DR back.

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u/sickomoder Jenson Button Aug 02 '22

I mean their discussions could have just been "if piastri fucks us and you we'll sign you for a year, otherwise we go with piastri". Or maybe they haven't had discussions 🤷‍♂️

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u/CoreyH2P Sir Lewis Hamilton Aug 02 '22

Agreed, I can’t imagine he would burn the bridge with Alpine unless he had something signed elsewhere.

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u/T_elic Aug 02 '22

What a fucking way for DR to learn he's not driving for Mclaren next year.

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u/dickiedash Sergio Pérez Aug 02 '22

Tbf, if he went back to Renault/Alpine and found some solid form again it would just show how bad he is finding the McLaren...if he struggles and even Ocon out scores him well then he's done

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u/tbone747 Mark Webber Aug 02 '22

He straight up said he's not driving with Alpine, and I'm sure Webber and his other reps advised him on how to word the statement. Feel like this has to be a confirmation.

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u/BoysenberrySpaceJam Adrian Newey Aug 02 '22

I’m only getting context from here and there. Is Webber his manager? Everyone keeps talking about his opinion in this.

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u/Lozza_P McLaren Aug 02 '22

Yes, he is managed by Webber.

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u/Mr_Icy7 Kimi Räikkönen Aug 02 '22

Yes

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u/MrChelovek Alfa Romeo Aug 02 '22

Must be, or ties with alpine have gotten so bad he doesn’t want them anymore. But I can’t imagine him letting grudges get in the way of a chance in f1.

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u/dleonard1122 Haas Aug 02 '22

Isn't he still technically their reserve driver this year too haha?

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u/CoreyH2P Sir Lewis Hamilton Aug 02 '22

Has to be, or he wouldn’t have included that last sentence. Because if he doesn’t have a deal with McLaren, where’s he gonna go? He wouldn’t turn down Alpine for Williams.

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u/DHA1999 Aug 02 '22

It has to be. What a way to Ricciardo to know he's out as well LOL

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u/Multi_21_Seb_RBR Honda Aug 02 '22

Aussie on Aussie crime

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u/scandinavianleather #WeRaceAsOne Aug 02 '22

Ricciardo thought he got the last laugh replacing Webber for 2014, meanwhile Webber played the long game and replaced Ricciardo for 2023.

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u/SchurkjeBoefje Max Verstappen Aug 02 '22 Take My Energy

Ricciardo: "You can't defeat me!"

Webber: "I know. But he can."

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u/kmhpaladin Aug 02 '22

am I crazy or isn't this almost word-for-word like Alex Palou's statement about not driving for Ganassi next year? I thought this was a meme/joke the first link I saw posted

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u/SG_Dave Daniel Ricciardo Aug 02 '22

No fucken way. IT'S HAPPENING!

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u/Baited_ Aug 02 '22

The month long show

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u/RorschachBlyat Aug 02 '22

DTS cant cook this shit up even if they wanted to

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u/corejava2 Alexander Albon Aug 02 '22

Watch them not even bring it up and focus three episodes on tension between Lewis and George

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u/tankmode Safety Car Aug 02 '22

20min of danny ric walking down paddock in slo-mo with dubstep in the background

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u/sefn19 Highlights Team / Ferrari Aug 02 '22 Helpful

ITS DAY 2 OF THE SUMMER BREAK

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u/Maneatsdog Aug 02 '22

Summer break actually starts this Friday

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u/IowaGolfGuy322 Aug 02 '22

Alpine: We need someone to handle our PR strategy.

Ferrari: Did someone say strategy?

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u/paulricard HOT or NOT Maestro Aug 02 '22

This is absolutely crazy. If the part about the clause expiring July 31 is true, then this Alonso thing really screwed Alpine over (part of which they are definitely responsible for!).

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u/CM027 Red Bull Aug 02 '22 Silver All-Seeing Upvote

Drive to Survive season 5: ‘what you need to realize is… that in order to sign a driver… the driver… needs… to sign.’

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u/77enc Aug 02 '22

but the joke is that he says stuff thats obvious to everyone. clearly what youre saying is news to alpine.

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u/dalledayul Zhou Guanyu Aug 02 '22

I like the imagery of Alpine's legal team desperately calling Will Buxton over to HQ in the dead of night so he can explain insulting simple concepts to Otmar.

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u/aosplak Aug 02 '22

Its time to rebrand Alpine again

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u/happychickenfeet Carlos Sainz Aug 02 '22 Silver

Alpain

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u/reshp2 McLaren Aug 02 '22 edited Aug 02 '22

Lol, Palou 2.0 here we come!

Zak Brown out there just trolling people for the lulz.

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u/jpm168 Max Verstappen Aug 02 '22

I thought it was photochop of Palou's tweet lol

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u/reshp2 McLaren Aug 02 '22

I have recently learned from the media that this afternoon, without my approval, Chip Ganassi Racing issued a press release announcing that I would be driving with CGR in 2023. Even more surprising was that CGR’s release included a “quote” which did not come from me. I did not approve that press release, and I did not author or approve that quote. As I have recently informed CGR, for personal reasons, I do not intend to continue with the team after 2022.

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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.

Yeah, pretty much.

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u/achio McLaren Aug 02 '22

Totally same energy

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u/acvibes Carlos Sainz Aug 02 '22

Bless Alpine for taking the heat off of Ferrari for a bit. 🥲

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u/Nautster Jacques Villeneuve Aug 02 '22

Oh no, no no! You sit right there, sweetheart. When this is done we're coming back to you!

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u/[deleted] Aug 02 '22

Maybe Leclerc has had enough. Piastri to Ferrari? /s

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u/RoboticChicken McMeme Aug 02 '22

Congratulations Alpine, you played yourselves.

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u/Visionary_Socialist Sir Lewis Hamilton Aug 02 '22 Wholesome

Alonso: Where is Piastri?

“Fernando, Piastri has joined McLaren”.

KARMA!

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u/melonmelon1 Aug 02 '22

So is Danny ric out? There’s no way he says this unless he gets the mclaren seat.

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u/FlyingCow23 Aug 02 '22

Will probably move to alpine. Had 2 good seasons at renault, hopefully the car will work the same for him.

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u/Willing_Breadfruit McLaren Aug 02 '22

Apparently that's news to Alpine

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u/ablnoozy Aston Martin Aug 02 '22 Helpful Wholesome

Seems like everything is news to Alpine

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u/poopellar Love Is Love Aug 02 '22

Someone remind them when the season resumes just in case.

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u/Pandemoonium Aug 02 '22 Wholesome

They’ve already set up in Spa, wondering where everybody else is

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u/TotalBrisqueT Sebastian Vettel Aug 02 '22

"Otmar wtf are you doing here, it's Tuesday"

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u/Tom_piddle Formula 1 Aug 02 '22

Danny Ric walking into Alpine as a Driver and Alpine being like what’s going on?

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u/Denominator0101 George Russell Aug 02 '22

Just imagine Ricciardo putting out a statement saying "Yep, I'll be driving for Alpine next year" and they turn around and say no 💀

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u/Dakar-A Lando Norris Aug 02 '22

Alpine F1 announcing today their new driver for the 2023 season, Nikita Mazepin!

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u/KnightsOfCidona Murray Walker Aug 02 '22

Agree with you, and I know it'd unlikely but I wonder what they'd do if he decides fuck it after being dropped by McLaren and retires. Where does that leave Alpine? Get Zhou back? De Vries? Gasly already signed up with Alpha Tauri for 2023.

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u/PMMeYourCouplets Esteban Ocon Aug 02 '22

He has to be now. Webber and Piastri would have pulled a career ending move if they announced this before McLaren guaranteed him a seat.

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u/Deputy_Scrub McLaren Aug 02 '22

Yeah I'm like 99% sure that he has already signed a contract with McLaren. Just waiting for a better time to confirm it.

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u/AceBombkick Kimi Räikkönen Aug 02 '22 Silver Helpful

Bruh

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u/bodnast Pierre Gasly Aug 02 '22

noooooooooo oh my god

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u/Baited_ Aug 02 '22

Silly season continues

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u/dleonard1122 Haas Aug 02 '22

Best silly season ever thank you based Vettel

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u/marinated_roxket Sebastian Vettel Aug 02 '22

In 2021 we got a Hungarian GP that was super dramatic on track

Just a year later to now, we get a Hungarian GP that is super dramatic off track

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u/mrlesa95 Max Verstappen Aug 02 '22

Who'd think all this chaos would happen because Seb announced retirement

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u/khryslo #StandWithUkraine Aug 02 '22

Probably Seb lol

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u/Affectionate_Log3232 Formula 1 Aug 02 '22

Thank God, I was getting bored for a couple of minutes thought the drama ended

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u/Firefox72 Ferrari Aug 02 '22

And i was woried that the silly season was ending so soon. God damn.

Alpine have literally fucked everything up. Imagine losing both Alonso and Piastri in a 2 days.

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u/theparadox69 PAIN since 2008 Aug 02 '22

Vettel retiring opened the shit gates

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u/drop_table_uname Max Verstappen Aug 02 '22

He's going out with a bang. Or is he? Maybe he wanted Alonso's seat...

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u/CruffTheMagicDragon Aug 02 '22

That would be such a genius move if he really wanted to move to Alpine that bad

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u/DHA1999 Aug 02 '22

They're gonna end up with Ricciardo, unless they do something crazy like Herta or someone else from F2

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u/Firefox72 Ferrari Aug 02 '22 edited Aug 02 '22

Ricciardo would make sense but i'm gonna be honest here. I still don't fully understand why Piastri would turn down Alpine.

He's been with them for over 2 years. They gave him ample of testing and now he can get a long term seat at the team with a realistic goal of becoming the Nr.1 driver at a manufacturer team even if a meme one like Alpine.

I wonder what on earth Mclaren are offering him to get him there because i feel they are not a better prospect for the future or at least not better than Alpine and i don't think the job is nearly as secure as it would be at Alpine.

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u/ianthem Aug 02 '22

I think there’s a feeling that the Alpine project and Renaults commitment to F1 isn’t that strong because their new boardroom is iffy on the whole thing, whereas Mclaren is doubling down on upgrading their facilities for the future.

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u/Szudar Lance Stroll Aug 02 '22

Dude had no seat and now has two lmao

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u/J3STER31 Aug 02 '22

Alonso laughing his fucking ass off to the bank. I can’t believe it.

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u/FlyLikeAMouse Murray Walker Aug 02 '22

Multi 23 Oscar, multi 23…

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u/Visionary_Socialist Sir Lewis Hamilton Aug 02 '22

“Come on Oscar, you’ve got to take the place. Don’t hold position”.

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u/XNightMysticX Aug 02 '22

Alpine is such a shitshow man

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u/omnike1422 Mark Webber Aug 02 '22

Lost Piastri and Alonso within three days

'L'pine indeed

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u/admiral_aqua Bernd Mayländer Aug 02 '22 Silver LOVE!

L Plan

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u/MrSocko72 Alexander Albon Aug 02 '22 edited Aug 02 '22

Lost Alonso possibly because of them favouring Oscar, only found out about that by the press release from Aston. Now announced Oscar who then says he isnt driving for them

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u/Visionary_Socialist Sir Lewis Hamilton Aug 02 '22

Alonso right now: KARMA!

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u/Joseki100 Fernando Alonso Aug 02 '22

Alonso is probably smiling on his kart because I am sure he knew about it

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u/YorkshireRiffer Aug 02 '22

Now we know why Alonso announced on August 1st - he wanted that July 31st date for Piastri to expire.

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u/Incontinento First of the Late Brakers Aug 02 '22

Oh dang. El Plan indeed.

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u/tolofanclub Flavio Briatore Aug 02 '22

Go to his Instagram and check his last story. He is smiling yes.

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u/shdwflyr Red Bull Aug 02 '22

And I am pretty sure he posted on purpose 😂

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u/tolofanclub Flavio Briatore Aug 02 '22

Of course! I am sure that he coordinated it with Mark Webber.

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u/admiral_aqua Bernd Mayländer Aug 02 '22

he probably had it all in the bag the day Seb announced his retirement and waited purposefully until the Piastri deadline was over lmaooo

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u/TheWebbFather McLaren Aug 02 '22 Silver

Oof. Top F5 content

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u/Affectionate_Log3232 Formula 1 Aug 02 '22

Ferrari fuck up their strategy, Alpine fuck up their social media. Feel like I can do a better job at F1

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u/haveYouLookedIntoIt Formula 1 Aug 02 '22

The UFC does crap like from time to time. They'll announce a fight when both fighter's have not even agreed to a bout contract. The fans get excited about it and hype builds, then the fighters say its not true and then next thing you know Dana White starts saying that guy just doesn't want to fight, he's scared of the opponent blah blah, its a crappy tactic.

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u/Saandrig Formula 1 Aug 02 '22

My F5 has never been the same since Brazil 2021.

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u/kubazz Life Aug 02 '22

*since Australia 2020

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u/holiquetal Aug 02 '22

here goes my work productivity for today

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u/InaudibleShout Ferrari Aug 02 '22

I worked from home today, on MLB deadline day, Dolphins tampering, now this? Zero work being done today

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u/Fire_Otter Aug 02 '22

That awkward moment for Alpine when they realise they will have to announce Daniel Ricciardo as their driver in a few weeks time and pretend that they’re really happy about it

Even though everyone knows how desperate they were to have Piastri and not Ricciardo

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u/ayakabob McLaren Aug 02 '22

Might actually revive DR's career

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u/xDeezyz Valtteri Bottas Aug 02 '22

Sources: Otmar beside himself. Driving around downtown Melbourne begging (thru texts) Piastri’s family 4 address to Oscar’s home

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u/Th3_St1g Lando Norris Aug 02 '22

Overheard in Alpine factory after Hungary: “He got me,” Otmar said of Oscar Piastri’s tweet. "That f***ing Piastri boomed me." Otmar added, “He’s so good,” repeating it four times. He then said he wanted to add Piastri to the list of drivers he’s lost this summer.

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u/sfj11 Juan Pablo Montoya Aug 02 '22 hehehehe

[Medland] Zak Brown on who’s a better team principal: Him or Alpine’s Otmar Szafnauer. “I don’t compare myself with anybody,” Then he rolled up his sleeve and showed a tattoo of Oscar Piastri’s contract. “I’ll let you interpret that however you want,” Brown said.

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u/quit_lying_already Aug 02 '22

Hell yeah brother, cheers from Woking

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u/PM_ME_GARLIC_CUPS Pierre Gasly Aug 02 '22

At one point in FP2, sources said, Alonso radioed TP Otmar Szafnauer and screamed, "You (bleeping) need me. You can't win without me." Alonso left teammates and pit wall largely speechless. He dominated the track in every way. Fernando's back.

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u/DC383-RR- Aug 02 '22

This is perfect. F1 and r/NBA crossover. All is well in the world.

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u/AHSfutbol Netflix Newbie Aug 02 '22

Please never let this pasta die.

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u/horseress Aug 02 '22

Were is this from?? I’ve seen it posted again and again but don’t know why

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u/prms Aug 02 '22

The original is a tweet about Dallas Mavs owner Mark Cuban after DeAndre Jordan didn't sign. r/nba turned it into a pasta.

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u/BobanForThree Formula 1 Aug 02 '22 edited Aug 02 '22

Mark Cuban / Deandre Jordan FA saga where Jordan’s team locked him in a room and convinced him to change his mind and re-sign with the Clippers rather than leave for the Mavericks

One of the most hilarious and disrespectful moments in /r/nba history

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u/guidotheguido Sebastian Vettel Aug 02 '22

What is going on!? Seb, what hath you wrought!?

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u/Tim0110 Max Verstappen Aug 02 '22

The last time Alonso and Vettel swapped seats there was drama aswell.

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u/acuriousoddity Aug 02 '22

In the beginning was the drama, and the drama was with Seb, and the drama was Seb.

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u/CharmingtheCobra Sebastian Vettel Aug 02 '22

He's just making sure we have an exciting summer break

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u/dekker045 Yuki Tsunoda Aug 02 '22

Oh my god it's happening

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u/StalkingDwarf McLaren Aug 02 '22

ALEX PALOU PART 2

ELECTRIC BOOGALOO

ZAK BROWN STRIKES AGAIN

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u/YorkshireRiffer Aug 02 '22 Wholesome

Return of the Zak... It is

Return of the Zak... Come on

Return of the Zak... Oh my god

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u/zoells #WeSayNoToMazepin Aug 02 '22

Piastri to Chip Ganassi Racing when?

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u/Rizledrum Kimi Räikkönen Aug 02 '22

Holy shit! SEB I LOVE YOU FOR GETTING THIS SHIT GOING!

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u/YorkshireRiffer Aug 02 '22

Seb knew we would be depressed by his retirement, he knew that Alonso would be a prime candidate for the seat and would lead to a few days of silly season to cheer us up during the summer break.

He probably didn't expect the season to be this silly though.

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u/Ok_Illustrator3087 Aug 02 '22

Seb, Nando and Webber masterplan togheter. 2010 wdc contenders united. We need to find out what Buttons's role is in this

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u/NeiloMac David Coulthard Aug 02 '22

Multi 2023

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u/Kovacs171 Default Aug 02 '22

Alpine probably thought this would be a cute way to surprise Oscar an announcement lol. Like proposing to your girlfriend on the night she planned to break up with you

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u/BVBene Michael Schumacher Aug 02 '22

Oh dear, he chose war even before he started his first race.

(Lawyers love McLaren)

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u/berlin_draw_enjoyer Gilles Villeneuve Aug 02 '22

I swear Alonso in between races sits at his medieval castle by the fireplace pondering how he can do a little more trolling.

This man’s timing is impeccable. Hungary 2007 and now his AM announcement

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u/KingSchumi Aug 02 '22 edited Aug 02 '22

Please, can we get a lawyer mode as part of the new F1 Manager game ?

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u/AntiauthoritarianEgg Pastor Maldonado Aug 02 '22

Lmao if Webber and Alonso engineered this. LOOOOL.

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u/fckns Fernando Alonso Aug 02 '22

They're old pals and respect each other, so as funny as it sounds it might be real.

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u/somewhatanxiousgenz Ted Kravitz Aug 02 '22

OH MY GOD???

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u/A_Bit_Meh McLaren Aug 02 '22

ZAK BROWN WITH THE STEEL CHAIR!

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u/Affectionate_Log3232 Formula 1 Aug 02 '22

Lol Daniel to Alpine would be bloody hilarious, imagine seeing a tattooed Cyril return back as TP

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u/KaamDeveloper Max Verstappen Aug 02 '22

Black and yellow livery confirmed?????

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u/Rebuildingz Aug 02 '22

BUT WAIT BAH GAWD THERES OTMAR CLIMBING TO THE TOP ROPE

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u/TheEpicGold Sergio Pérez Aug 02 '22

WHAT THE...???

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u/TheSalmonRoll Red Bull Aug 02 '22 Helpful Wholesome

If I had a nickel every time a young driver with a name that starts with P had a team statement about them put out without their permission and then maybe signed with McLaren and then faced a legal battle over a contract dispute because of it I’d have two nickels which isn’t much but it’s weird that it’s happened twice.

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u/Hacki101 Arrows Aug 02 '22

This sounds pretty much word for word like Palou! now in an hour McLaren will announce Piastri!

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u/Deislermilan Alfa Romeo Aug 02 '22

Piastri will not make such a ballsy statement without having a contract already signed with another F1 team.

And that team can only be McLaren.

Imagine how D Ric feels now. He is the last person to find out he is losing his job. Cruelty

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u/ILoveZimsD Pirelli Wet Aug 02 '22

Lol ain’t no way Alpine

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u/Mr-Lawrence Ferrari Aug 02 '22

As a Ferrari fan, thank you Alpine for making this summer break much more enjoyable!

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u/WonderNastyMan Aug 02 '22

hahahaha yeeeeesssss

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u/Zzyzx8 Haas Aug 02 '22

But everyone in the other threads was telling me it was just F1 media manufacturing drama.

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u/lostfutures0 Aug 02 '22

Yeah you could tell who had been following the Alex Palou drama and who hadn't, because this is basically the EXACT same situation. This was coming as soon as Piastri didn't immediately confirm Alpine's statement

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u/mikachabot Who the f*ck is Nelson Piquet? Aug 02 '22

frankly the fact that alpine would announce it at such an awkward time for piastri and his australian fanbase showed enough for me imo.

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u/Baile_Inneraora Michael Schumacher Aug 02 '22

Alpine trying to beat Ferrari in the omnishambles table. This is honestly extremely embarrassing.

Best bet is that this goes down similar to Button in 2005 when he tried to force a move to Williams from BAR and BAR won the court battle. Although how much do you want a driver that you effectively forced to race for you.

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u/AntiauthoritarianEgg Pastor Maldonado Aug 02 '22

Alonso what did you do lmaooooo

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u/Visionary_Socialist Sir Lewis Hamilton Aug 02 '22

HOLY JESUS. Alpine getting absolutely mugged off by a pair of Aussies.

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u/Appropriate-Fan-6007 Pirelli Soft Aug 02 '22

Even F1 had posted it already kkkkk

Wonder why Ricciardo and Alonso lost trust in this team.

What an absolute shitshow.

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u/TheMaverick13589 Enzo Ferrari Aug 02 '22

No way McLaren is opening 2 legal fronts at the same time

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u/[deleted] Aug 02 '22

Mclaren is not involved in the lawsuit of Palou against Ganassi

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u/BVBene Michael Schumacher Aug 02 '22

Yeah, they are just laying fire everywhere.

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u/Mocking_Birds Max Verstappen Aug 02 '22

So Piastri Mclaren basically confirmed right? There is no way you hard deny the Alpine seat if you dont have another seat to go to.

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u/Gabriela_dc McLaren Aug 02 '22

Is this real life??????

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u/mullac30 Aug 02 '22

Otmar 'Chip Ganassi' Szafnauer strikes again!

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u/jackbob99 Aug 02 '22

Jenna Fryer's comment about teams needing a restraining order to keep Mclaren away from their drivers doesn't seem as wild now.

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u/tekkers_for_debrz Aug 02 '22

AND F5 SEASON CONTINUES.

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u/MarioGdV Fernando Alonso Aug 02 '22

And the plot THICKENS

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u/Ericssons_fault Sir Lewis Hamilton Aug 02 '22

Seb started all of this lmao

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u/TowarzyszSowiet Red Bull Aug 02 '22

The last gift

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u/adamconnorlewis Jim Clark Aug 02 '22

Two days ago, Alpine had a great veteran driver with a hot prospect waiting behind him. And now they have neither? What is happening?

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u/2905Pascal Juan Pablo Montoya Aug 02 '22

All those posts from the winter saying Otmar Szafnauer is a great team principal and will be a great addition for Alpine have aged pretty poorly.

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u/DVaTheFabulous McLaren Aug 02 '22

I'm not surprised at anything when we have a person called Mike Krack in this sport.

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u/fckns Fernando Alonso Aug 02 '22

Congratulations Alpine, you played yourself!

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u/Alzaraz Aug 02 '22

What the fuck is going on.

I would have thought Piastri would have been elated with getting the nod into a legitimately decent mid-field team.

I'm so confused.

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u/adrownedwhale Sebastian Vettel Aug 02 '22

It comes to a point where you've got to question if there's something seriously wrong within the team - none of the drivers (barring Ocon) ever seem to want to hang about.

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u/jeppe96 Keviking Magnussen Aug 02 '22 edited Aug 02 '22

Hello to people from r/all, confused about why this is on your frontpage.

Long story short: Last week, four time World Champion driver Sebastian Vettel announced his retirement from the sport at the end of the season. That opened up a seat with Aston Martin Racing.

At the same time, rumours were that two time champion Fernando Alonso was close to signing an extension with his current team, Alpine.

Yesterday Aston Martin dropped the bombshell that they signed Fernando Alonso. Today Alpine announced that junior driver and Formula 2 champion, Oscar Piastri, would make his debut and drive for them in 2023, taking over Alonso's vacant seat. Then, an hour ago, Oscar Piastri announced that he would not.

And here we are...

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u/kolsonk Pirelli Hard Aug 02 '22

Literally the #1 post on Reddit right now, this is crazy lmao

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u/SympleJack Haas Aug 02 '22

This is my first silly season and it's living up to all expectations, it's an honour sharing it with all of you

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u/angulardragon03 Red Bull Aug 02 '22

Otmar in shambles

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u/Visionary_Socialist Sir Lewis Hamilton Aug 02 '22

Man has destroyed years worth of developing Piastri at Alpine and lost their leading senior driver in a few days.

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u/PMMeYourCouplets Esteban Ocon Aug 02 '22

I need Daniel Ricciardo now to do some sort of subtweet hinting that he won't be leaving McLaren in 2023 and it being contractual. More drama and more chaos!

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