As rumours swirl round his future, Australian younger gun Oscar Piastri has been given the largest trace but he can be in F1 subsequent 12 months.
Oscar Piastri’s Alpine boss is assured the Australian younger gun can be driving in Formula One subsequent 12 months.
Piastri has been made to bide his time as Alpine’s reserve driver this 12 months, regardless of profitable three consecutive titles in a stellar junior racing profession.
With Esteban Ocon underneath contract and veteran former world champion Fernando Alonso displaying robust type, it has appeared unlikely Piastri can be driving at Alpine subsequent 12 months.
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Asked immediately if he believed Piastri can be racing in F1 subsequent 12 months, Alpine boss Otmar Snafnauer responded: “Yes.”
Speculation has been mounting Piastri may very well be loaned out to a different group reminiscent of Williams as quickly as this 12 months, with Nicholas Latifi struggling to match the tempo of his teammate Alex Albon.
But whereas Snafnauer stated Alpine had “some options” with Piastri, he added there was “no need to hurry” to decide on the Aussie’s future and urged a mid-year change to Williams was unlikely.
“We’re contracted with Oscar, we have some options on him,” Snafnauer stated at this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix.
“We’ll take our time and at the right moment within the silly season we’ll have a look around and make those types of decisions.
“We don’t talk about the details of our contracts we have with the drivers, that is something we never do.
“So as much as I’d like to tell you, I don’t think I can, but what I do say is yes, that’s the plan (for Piastri to race in F1 next year).”
Snafnauer has beforehand stated it intends to decide on Piastri’s future across the time of the British Grand Prix in mid-July.
Piastri has pushed Alpine’s F1 automotive, the A521, a number of instances this 12 months as a part of his testing program and with F1’s “silly season” quick approaching, there had been rumours he would change Latifi at Williams mid-season.
Latifi, whose crash triggered the dramatic end to final 12 months’s championship battle between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, is one in all solely two drivers (together with Haas’ Mick Schumacher) but to safe a world championship level this season.
But it seems Piastri should wait till 2023 to affix the F1 grid, with Williams intent on sticking with its driver line-up of Latifi and Albon for the remainder of the season.
“I think Oscar, for sure he is ready to go into Formula 1, and I think that’s one of the list for sure,” Williams boss Jost Capito stated.
“We don’t have any other plans.
“Both have a contract for the season, and our plan is to fulfil that.”