Alps: Szafnauer regrets Piastri’s lack of loyalty

Mathieu WARNIER, Media365, published Sunday, August 07, 2022 at 10:00 PM.

And if he left the door open for Oscar Piastre, Ottmar Szafnauer stressed that he did not appreciate the position of the Australian driver, who refused to get a seat on the Alpine team and who lacks loyalty according to the American leader.

Otmar Szafnauer did not appreciate the position of Oscar Piastre. While Fernando Alonso decided to join Aston Martin next season, the Alpine team announced the tenure of Oscar Piastre alongside Esteban Ocon in 2023. However, in the hours that followed, the Australian announced that he had completely and simply rejected the seat. In fact, the 2021 Formula 2 champion had already signed with McLaren to replace Daniel Ricciardo who had been pushed out. If the Alpine team does not react to these latest developments, its manager Otmar Szafnauer has taken advantage of an interview with the Spanish daily. secrecy To paraphrase the person who has benefited from the brand’s help in recent years. “I was expecting more loyalty from Oscar Piastre,” the American leader exclaimed. He must have had more loyalty to the team that took care of him, that led him to the world championship and, above all, put him a year in Formula 1 to prepare him, to learn the circuit. »

Szafnauer: It’s a matter of integrity as a human being

Otmar Szafnauer confirmed that he expected “more loyalty from Oscar than he shows”, that he had “never seen anything like this” despite being a regular player on the F1 circuit since the late 1990s. “It’s not about Formula 1, it’s about integrity as a human being.” It could happen in ice hockey or soccer, it doesn’t matter. But you don’t. Sign a piece of paper, a document, in which he says that he will do something different. However, the head of Alpine leaves the door open, asserting that “it is not yet final, it remains to be determined.” In addition to “a contract with Piastri, which he signed in November,” Otmar Szafnauer asserts that this document is “binding.” According to the lawyers of the Alpine team and that “part of this contract allows us to put the Oscar in one of the cars of the year 2023”, justifying the announcement that was posted on social media.

Szafnauer wanted to put Piastri in F1 as soon as 2023

During this interview, the Alpine team boss confirmed that it was always planned to put Oscar Piastre in F1 from 2023, in one of his seats or elsewhere. Otmar Szafnauer confirmed that there is also an option for 2024 and the possibility of “loaning” the driver to another team. We wanted Fernando Alonso to be with us for an extra year and “loan” Oscar for 2023.” While the Spaniard ultimately rejected that plan in favor of a multi-year deal with Aston Martin, the US CEO confirmed whether he had always said to the press that “Piastri would be in Formula 1 in 2023”, that was because he was sure everything was in place about it. “I knew he could be in our car or in another car, on loan, if Fernando stayed,” said Ottmar Szafnauer. But Alonso, for some reason, and I think I know her but you have to ask her, goes to Aston Martin. So we started to finalize the deal with the Piastri, and instead of loaning him, we decided to put him in our car. Hence the press release. In the end, it wasn’t from It is possible that Albin Alonso will have La Piastre in his singles seat and possibly a return from Daniel Ricciardo.

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