Alpine went to F1’s CRB because McLaren couldn’t ‘field three cars’

Oscar Piastri arms crossed watching from the sidelines in testing. Barcelona February 2022

Although Alpine knew they did not have a legally binding contract with Oscar Piastri, they still took him and McLaren to F1’s Contract Recognition Board because McLaren could not “field three cars”.

That is the explanation for the hearing, according to team CEO Laurent Rossi.

With Fernando Alonso shocking Alpine when he announced he would be off to Aston Martin at the end of the year, Piastri found himself in a tug-of-war as he was seemingly caught between Alpine and McLaren.

While Alpine insisted, several times, they had a contract with their reserve driver for 2023 and beyond, it turned out they did not.

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