Alpine announces Oscar Piastri to replace Fernando Alonso for 2023

Alpine has announced that their highly regarded reserve driver Oscar Piastri has been promoted to a race seat next year, replacing Aston Martin-bound Fernando Alonso.

Sebastian Vettel revealed on Thursday that he would be retiring from Formula 1 at the end of the season, sparking a chain reaction with his Aston Martin team announcing the signing of Alonso to replace the German for next year.

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The surprise change left a seat vacant at Alpine and on Tuesday afternoon they announced it would be filled by 21-year-old Australian Piastri, who is currently the team’s reserve driver and the reigning Formula 2 champion, who 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 BWT Alpine F1 Team Reserve Driver at the start of the 2022 season and has been undergoing, under the leadership of the team and his full financial support, an intensive and extensive training program of private testing in the race-winning A521, the 2021 Alpine F1 car, race support and simulator sessions to prepare him for the next big step in F1.

“Alpine is now looking forward to the next phase in his F1 career alongside Esteban Ocon.”

Team principal Otmar Szafnauer said: “Oscar is a brilliant and rare talent. We are proud to have nurtured and supported him through the difficult paths of the junior formulas.

“Through our partnership over the past four years, we have seen him develop and mature into a driver more than capable of making the step up to Formula 1.

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“As our reserve driver, he has been exposed to the team on the track, in the factory and during testing, where he has shown the maturity, promise and speed to ensure his promotion to our second seat alongside Esteban.

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

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