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Daniel Ricciardo to be replaced at McLaren by Australian wonderkid Oscar Piastri – report

Australian F1 star Daniel Ricciardo is ready to get replaced at McLaren by compatriot wonderkid Oscar Piastri, in accordance with quite a lot of stories.

Ricciardo was instructed concerning the resolution by McLaren staff principal Andreas Seidl after the Hungarian Grand Prix, with Autosport, ESPN and Racer all publishing information of the Aussie change.

It is understood McLaren needs to make sure the 33-year-old will get to a different F1 staff earlier than saying the recruitment of Piastri for subsequent yr, who lately denied he was driving for Alpine in 2023.

The F1 driver merry-go-round is in full swing with Alpine initially saying Piastri could be of their staff subsequent yr as a substitute for Fernando Alonso, who was shifting to Aston Martin after the retirement of Sebastian Vettel.

Nevertheless, Piastri rejected the announcement by Alpine on Twitter shortly after: “I perceive that, with out my settlement, Alpine F1 have put out a press launch late this afternoon that I’m driving for them subsequent yr. That is incorrect and I’ve not signed a contract with Alpine for 2023. I can’t be driving for Alpine subsequent yr.”

It is believed Ricciardo is a number one contender for the vacant Alpine seat, who he raced for in 2019-20 after they had been referred to as Renault.

What’s Oscar Piastri’s present position at Alpine?

Oscar Piastri is Alpine’s Method 1 reserve driver for the 2022 season.

If required, he’ll step in for both of the staff’s full-time drivers – Fernando Alonso or Esteban Ocon – if they’re unable to race on a given weekend.

He additionally travels with the staff to every grand prix the place he sits in on driver conferences and is commonly energetic within the staff storage.

Piastri is but to fill in and race this yr however may drive in a observe session in the course of the upcoming triple header.

Alpine sporting director Alan Permane shared that the younger Australian will possible function after the mid-season summer season break.

“It‘s not an enormous situation to discover a weekend; there are loads,” Permane stated, as quoted by Fox Sports activities.

“I believe we’ll see Oscar in our automotive both in Spa or Monza for the primary time.”

Did Oscar Piastri win F2?

Oscar Piastri gained Method 2 in 2021 following a memorable debut season within the second-tier championship.

He completed on a complete of 252.5 factors, 60.5 factors forward of his nearest challenger Robert Shwartzman. 

Notably, Zhou Guanyu completed third within the standings however managed to safe a seat with Alfa Romeo as a driver for the present Method 1 season.

Who’s Oscar Piastri’s supervisor?

Piastri is managed by fellow Australian and former F1 driver Mark Webber.

Webber is among the founders of JAM Sports activities Administration, which he runs alongside his associate Ann.

Oscar Piastri’s profession highlights

Born in Melbourne, Australia, Piastri started karting in 2011.

He started to work his means up by races in Australia and Europe, notably ending third within the Australian Kart Championship in 2015.

The next yr he transitioned away from karts, gaining a spot within the Method 4 UAE Championship because of a sponsorship from his father’s firm HP Tuners. 

Piastri then moved to the UK to compete in Method 4 British Championship the place he completed second in 2017.

The Australian’s first main racing championship victory got here in 2019 when he completed on prime after the Method Renault Eurocup season.

He progressed to Method 3 in 2020, instantly adopted by a transfer to Method 2 in 2021. Remarkably, he gained each championships.

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