Alpine F1 Representative “Earn Faster Gasly Thanks to Piastri Rebellion”[F1-Gate.com]

Alpine F1 team boss Otmar Szafnauer says Oscar Piastri’s rebellion against the team has allowed him to acquire the fastest driver Pierre Gasly and, all in all, it’s lucrative.

Last summer, the Alpine F1 team initially announced the promotion of Oscar Piastri to the racing seat for 2023, following the shock move of Fernando Aronos to Aston Martin.

However, unknown to the Alpine F1 Team at the time, Oscar Piastri had already signed a contract with McLaren.

The Alpine F1 Team disputed the FIA’s Contract Recognition Board (CRB), but the CRB declared Oscar Piastri’s contract with McLaren valid and Alpine ultimately lost.

Alpine then aimed to secure the services of Pierre Gasly and managed to get the green light from Red Bull, who were using him at AlphaTauri.

“I think Oscar had a contract with us, but the contract approval committee said otherwise,” commented Oskar Szafnauer.

“We had to go to the CRB and sort it out. You know, that’s life. That’s why there’s an agency that decides whether both sides have different ideas.”

“Let’s see what we’ll do next year. I’m happy that the pair are driving with Esteban[Ocon]and Pierre is better than if we had won that case.”

“Gathly is more experienced and even younger. Time will tell, but I think he will be faster.”

The Alpine F1 Team’s intention to pair Esteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly initially met with considerable skepticism given the rift that existed between the two drivers.

But it has been many years since the two have had a spark in karting, and both drivers recently said they could work together at the Alpine F1 team. Otmar Szafnauer trusts both.

“I hope what they say is true and I believe it,” said Otmar Szafnauer.

“I spoke to two people and they both said the same thing.”

“I’ve talked more with Esteban than with Pierre, because he knows more. I asked, ‘Do you think this is an opportunity to rekindle your friendship?’ Let’s see if that happens.’ It’s definitely open.”

“I didn’t ask Pierre the same question, but if they become friends again or work together professionally, the fit is no different than the other two riders.”

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