Although he has yet to race an F1 car, 2021 FIA F2 Champion, Oscar Piastri, today extraordinarily rejected the chance to race for Alpine F1 in 2023.

In this video, Peter Windsor, speaking live to the Radio RSN 927 Breakfast Show in Melbourne, talks about the events leading up to Piastri's decision; about why Piastri now seems likely to replace his fellow Aussie, Daniel Ricciardo, at McLaren; about why Ricciardo holds the contractual cards - and about how it all might be sorted in the medium-term.


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12 F1 Fan comments on “Why Piastri has rejected the Alpine F1 seat? by Peter Windsor

  1. Jack Crawdaddy

    Ricciardo is brilliant and too smart for Brown, Seidler and Key,
    Who are underperforming and need a scapegoat. Sure Norris gets the off podium when the top teams DNF, but all in all the car is slow.

    Ricciardo is a proven race winner.If McLaren can't prepare him a car that he can compete in, then they either don't want to or are incapable. It took them 3 years to build a car that suits their other driver,but even then it's not a race winner.

    Brown is full of it, Seidl has no kahoonas, and James Key needs his Daddy's(Newey) help to build a Competitive car.

    Ricciardo signed for Alpine a while back.

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    • smokey

      To begin with, I am a Daniel Ricciardo fan and really want to see him return to the form he showed in the past. However, reality tells us that Daniel has been in a downhill spiral since he departed Red Bull. At this level, a driver's team mate is a good indicator of their ability, as they are reputedly the world's best! Lando consistently outperforms Daniel at every circuit whilst driving the same car. Just check qualifying and race results at each race. Lando is driving the same car, so Daniel should be achieving very similar results and times, but to date the results have eluded him.

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    • smokey

      If you look at his achievements, especially in the last 2 years, you will realise that you are certainly missing something. You need to pay more attention to the F1 feeder categories F2 and F3. That's where the superstars of tomorrow are developed!

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  2. Richard Stephen Bufill

    Are we sure Piastri is going to McLaren, to replace Ricciardo?

    Could it be that there is another driver in the top 3 teams, who will do a Nico Rosberg, but the information is kept quiet?

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    • Donalf

      The only driver in the top three teams to do a Rosberg would be sir Lulu and I can't see that happening this season or next unless he's shovelled out and I can't see that happening either., still a chance CL TO RB.

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      • shroppyfly

        Donalf, come onnn, wheres your enthusiasm for it, F1 got close last yr to a Nico, when the Dame went into a self imposed tizzy, leaving his Dad to face the media, before declaring he "was back" lol, My money is on a Winter Nico, meanwhile the UK is turning more and more into Venezuela damn inflation going to top 14% this yr .

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      • Richard Stephen Bufill

        Thanks Donalf

        I could understand the Piastri - McLaren hook-up only if McLaren believe (as former Australian F1 Champion Alan Jones said) the he is a "freak", worth grabbing at a huge cost. Like the Red Bull and Verstappen case. The huge cost would be paying Ricciardo's 2023 portion of his contract, while leaving him on the sidelines. Deduct from that any contract he could get from Alpine or others. Still that would be several millions.

        Why bother otherwise.

        Leaving Piastri aside, for any rookie who needs to show his wares, in order to get the interest of the top teams, it seems to me that driving for Alpine or McLaren is nor here nor there.

        As for Hamilton, even if Mercedes produces a car, for 2023, capable of wining the championship, he still has to contend with young George, and I am not sure he is prepared to be belted.

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