Kravitz reveals Piastri ‘paddock rumour’ for 2023

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Kravitz reveals Piastri ‘paddock rumour’ for 2023

Oscar Piastri might be heading for Williams in 2023 based on a “paddock hearsay” revealed by Sky F1 broadcaster Ted Kravitz.

The Australian driver seems to be subsequent in line for a System 1 race seat after profitable the F3 and F2 titles in back-to-back seasons.

He’s spending this yr on the sidelines as reserve and growth driver for Alpine, to whom he’s hooked up as a member of their academy, absorbing as a lot information as attainable for when the inevitable alternative arrives.

Alpine haven’t any room on the inn simply now because of the presence of Esteban Ocon, who’s contracted to the top of 2024, and Fernando Alonso.

A ‘mortgage’ transfer for Piastri seems a risk ought to such a gap materialise, and earlier this season Alpine supplied to make him accessible to McLaren if Daniel Ricciardo had did not get better from Covid in time to participate within the Bahrain Grand Prix – which he did.

Nonetheless, Kravitz, in his post-race Ted’s Pocket book for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, urged Piastri, 21, may discover his manner onto the F1 grid with Williams subsequent season.

“One of many newest paddock rumours has Williams within the providers of Oscar Piastri,” stated Kravitz through the programme he presents.

“That is for subsequent yr. I do know I stated [recently] you would possibly see Oscar Piastri probably at Aston Martin, nevertheless it appears I used to be flawed about that and really Oscar Piastri/Alpine are taking a look at Williams probably as a spot for him subsequent yr.

“I don’t know if that shall be instead of Alex Albon or Nicholas Latifi as each are very pleased and ensconced inside this crew at Williams, nevertheless it’s one to look out for later within the season.”

From 2019-21, Williams took George Russell on a loan-style deal from Mercedes and after a clean first two seasons for them, he scored 16 factors within the final of these three campaigns.

This yr, they’ve partnered Latifi with Alex Albon, who took Russell’s place after becoming a member of from Crimson Bull – though his former crew nonetheless retain an possibility on him for the long run.

Albon has outperformed Latifi thus far this season in each race and picked up Williams’ first level of 2022 by ending tenth within the Australian Grand Prix.

 

Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi confirmed lately he could be open to loaning Piastri, saying: “If it’s an answer that permits me to get him again sooner or later, I would give it some thought. I’m not against the answer.

“You perceive I wish to develop Oscar – I don’t wish to go away him sitting on the bench ready eternally.”

 

 

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