By Bruce Williams

It was confirmed tonight that Australian freewheel champion Oscar Piastri will race for McLaren for the 2023 Formula 1 World Championship season.

The contract recognition board found in favor of McLaren and their confirmation of their contractual position with Oscar Piastri, releasing the team and Piastri to announce their relationship for the 2023 Formula 1 season.


McLaren Racing has signed 2021 FIA Formula 2 Champion Oscar Piastri to a multi-year deal with Lando Norris beginning in the 2023 FIA Formula 1 World Championship season.

The 21-year-old Australian from Melbourne has an impressive motorsport resume, winning the 2019 Formula Renault Eurocup before winning the 2020 FIA Formula 3 Championship and 2021 FIA Formula 2 Championship in successive Rookie seasons.

Piastri will join Lando Norris to complete the 2023 McLaren F1 Team driver line-up, after the team announced a multi-year extension to Lando’s contract last season.

Oscar Piastri said:

“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 look forward to working hard alongside Lando to push the team to the front of the grid. My focus is on preparing for my F1 debut in 2023 and starting my F1 career in papaya.”

Andreas Seidl, Team Principal, McLaren F1 Team, said:

“The whole team is delighted to welcome Oscar to McLaren for the 2023 F1 season. He has an impressive racing career to date, and we are sure that together with Lando he can help us take another step forward. forward towards our ambitions.We still have important work to do this season which the team remains focused on, before ensuring that Oscar is integrated into the team as soon as possible and ready for the challenges ahead. We look forward to preparing an exciting 2023 season together.”

Zak Brown, CEO of McLaren Racing, said:

“Oscar is one of the promising talents of the feeder series in F1 and we are delighted to see him join the team for 2023. To win in both F3 and F2 in successive rookie seasons is a real achievement and is testament to his talent in single-seater racing. 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.”

The young Australian open-wheel sensation, who won the Formula 3 and FIA Formula 2 world championships during his rookie years, has been awaiting confirmation of the McLaren deal since Alpine F1 announced that Fernando Alonso would leave the team.

However, despite being a longtime member of the Alpine Academy team, Alpine’s official reserve driver and Alpine investing heavily in an F1 test program for him, Piastri came as the biggest shock in the world of F1 and soon announced that he would not be driving for Alpine in ’23.

Since Piastri’s public denial of Alpine’s statement, Alpine team principal Otmar Szafnauer has stood firm and repeated that his teams claim the services of Oscar Piastri, repeatedly citing an agreement of November which he says binds the young Australian pilot.

As soon as Piastri made the announcement, speculation swirled that he would join McLaren for 2023, and since then the silence of the Piastri camp has added to the speculation and intrigue and allowed many negative comments to fill the void.

Piastri’s decision was the subject of heated debate over his potential breaches of contract, as Alpine believed they had the rights to Piastri’s ongoing services in Formula 1, the battle saw Alpine and McLaren pleading their case before the Formula 1 Contract Recognition Board.

Piastri’s move to McLaren was bolstered by the news that fellow Australian Daniel Ricciardo would be leaving the McLaren team at the end of the 2022 season, paving the way for Piastri to move into a full-time position with the crew.

As well as being an Alpine reserve driver, Piastri has also been a McLaren reserve driver this year, a move which has been endorsed by Alpine F1.

Piastri nearly made his F1 debut at this Monaco Grand Prix when McLaren driver Lando Norris fell critically ill from tonsillitis but recovered just hours from a medical deadline, ruling out Piastri’s promotion as team driver for the Monaco Grand Prix.

Auto Action can also inform that Red Bull Racing boss Christian Horner has admitted that Pierre Gasly has been released from his contract with the Red Bull group. He is expected to leave Alpha Tauri and is free to join Alpine at the end of the year.

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