Szafnauer sets July deadline to find Piastri a 2023 seat

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Szafnauer sets July deadline to find Piastri a 2023 seat

Alpine staff principal Otmar Szafnauer has admitted the strain to get Oscar Piastri a 2023 F1 drive will ramp up within the coming months, citing July as that point.

The Alpine reserve driver and reigning Method 2 champion was pipped to the Alfa Romeo seat for 2022 by Zhou Guanyu, who companions Valtteri Bottas this 12 months.

Alpine have made no secret of their want to see Piastri in Method 1 sooner moderately than later, however Esteban Ocon’s contract past this season and Fernando Alonso’s type have forged doubt on whether or not or not he’ll debut for the staff subsequent 12 months.

Such is their keenness to place him in a automobile, they supplied McLaren his providers in case they wanted somebody to fill in for Daniel Ricciardo had he not recovered in time to race in Bahrain.

Piastri’s pedigree is obvious to see all through the paddock. The 21-year-old adopted the instance set by George Russell and Charles Leclerc in profitable the Method 3 and Method 2 titles in consecutive seasons – and they’re the one drivers to have achieved that spectacular feat.

The Australian shouldn’t be racing in any respect in 2022 as he most well-liked to spend a 12 months studying within the Method 1 paddock, however his staff boss is eager to work him arduous and put together him for a full-time drive within the close to future.

“It’s nice that Fernando needs to proceed and on the identical time now we have Oscar in our ranks. Oscar is a superb younger man. He’s nicely ready and really formidable,” stated Szafnauer stated, quoted by Motorsport-Magazin.

“We’re working arduous with Oscar, if the chance arises, to place him in a Method 1 automobile. We’ll already give him that chance later this 12 months as he’ll do some free observe for us. As well as, he additionally does a variety of work for us on the simulator. He’s an up-and-coming expertise to look at.

“There is no such thing as a strain to seek out him a seat because it’s solely April. However in July, the strain will definitely be there.”

 

As for Alonso, he has stated he’s eager to proceed in Method 1 past this season, however whether or not or not that’s with Alpine stays to be seen.

Both manner, he appears relaxed about his future prospects.

“I’ll drive a couple of years longer,” he stated. “Two or three extra years. If with Alpine, then good. If with one other staff, then additionally good. I’m nonetheless figuring that out. I’ll in all probability begin the discussions in the summertime.”

 

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