The FIA’s Contract Recognition Committee has ruled against Alpine in the team’s dispute with McLaren over the future of Oscar Piastri.

McLaren immediately reacted to the decision by confirming that the reigning Formula 2 champion will make his Formula 1 debut with them next year. The contract between the two was signed the day after the British Grand Prix two months ago.

After losing Fernando Alonso to Aston Martin for 2023, Alpine has announced that it will promote its reserve driver Piastri to a racing seat for 2023.

However, the reigning Formula 2 champion has publicly contested the deal. His manager Mark Webber would have negotiated a move to McLaren for his protege instead.

McLaren then announced that Daniel Ricciardo would leave the team at the end of 2022, a year earlier than planned, freeing up a seat alongside Lando Norris.

A CRB-appointed tribunal met on Monday after the Belgian Grand Prix to discuss the two teams’ claim against the driver. The court “decided unanimously that the only contract to be recognized by the board is the contract between McLaren Racing Limited and Mr Piastri dated July 4, 2022”.

McLaren have announced that Piastri has joined them on a “multi-year” deal from next year following his departure from Alpine. The CRB acknowledged that Piastri was “qualified to drive for McLaren Racing Limited for the 2023 and 2024 seasons”.

McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown described Piastri as “one of the promising talents coming through the F1 feed series”.

“To win in both F3 and F2 in successive rookie seasons is a real achievement and a testament to his single-seater talent,” continued Brown.

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“With Lando and Oscar, we have a young and exciting F1 team with huge potential, which puts us in a good position to achieve our future ambitions. Oscar is an exciting addition to the McLaren family, and we can’t wait to see him. grow with our F1 team.”

Biography: Oscar Piastri

Piastri celebrates the long-awaited news of his F1 debut. “I am extremely excited to make my F1 debut with such a prestigious team as McLaren and I am very grateful for the opportunity that has been given to me.

“The team has a long tradition of giving young talent a chance, and I’m looking forward to working hard alongside Lando to push the team to the front of the grid. I’m focused on preparing for my debut in F1 in 2023 and on the start of my F1 career in papaya.”

The CRB’s decision means Alpine will have to look again for a driver to partner Esteban Ocon next year. Free agent Ricciardo and Pierre Gasly, who is under contract with AlphaTauri for the next year, are among those linked with the seat, while Ocon has expressed a preference for Haas driver Mick Schumacher.

Alpine acknowledged the CRB’s decision and said they “consider the matter closed on our end.” They intend to “announce our full lineup of 2023 drivers in due course.”

The members of the CRB tribunal were Ian Hunter QC, Professor Klaus Peter Berger, Matthieu de Boissonon and Stefano Azzali.

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