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F1: Alpine threatens ruin after Piastri and Alonso’s painful goodbyes

The Australian, so far a reserve driver, will bolster McLaren while Szafner and Rossi’s figures are weak.

Alonso during the second practice session in Zandvoort.EFE

Saturday morning, when the F3s in Zandvoort hadn’t even warmed up, Otmar Szafnauer I went to the official FIA press conference like a sheep going to the slaughterhouse. Alpine’s boss had breakfast in an interview Oscar Piastri In which the young driver accused the French team of “annoying”, “strange” behavior and “lack of clarity”, which ended his signing for McLaren. exactly a month after goodbye Fernando AlonsoSzafnauer permanently lost the talent he had called upon to succeed the Spaniard.

He was barely able to maintain his composure. main team From the Alpine, a square struck by a typhoon and which must immediately redirect course. The first step after the loss of Alonso and Piastri will be to find a partner Stephen Ocon, As Szafner announced this morning, Alpine has a “large demand” for that vacancy, so it will take “a while” to be deliberated. for now, Pierre Gasly You mike schumacher the names that sound the most for paddock,

Despite efforts to appear normal, the truth is that both Szafner and laurent rossi, the CEO of Alpine, faces a dire situation. Notably after Friday’s proposal by the Contract Recognition Board (CRB), which ruled out any financial compensation from McLaren for the departure of Piastri, who trained at the Alpine Academy from 2020.

“Lack of clarity in conversation”

The conclusion of the legal mess of recent weeks is that the Australian had no contract with Alpine until 2022, so he was free to sign for another team. So with partner in Woking from 2023 lando norrisWhile the French team will have to pay half a million euros between compensation and the cost of the procedure to its former pilot.

As if that weren’t enough, Piastri adds fuel to the fire with a few statements where he doesn’t leave his former bosses in a good place. “After my year as a substitute, I had pinned my hopes on a seat at Alpine. However, after a lack of clarity in the conversation, as happened with Fernando, I didn’t feel like staying was the right decision. ,” got to know. Promising Pilot, Sponsored by mark weber,

Piastri used the adjectives “strange” and “annoying” when describing an encounter in the simulator at the Enstone factory, after his bosses informed him of its continuation. When asked about that episode, Szafner denied bothering his pilot. “Oscar was in the simulator. When the session ended, I announced to congratulate him. He smiled and said thanks,” the Alpine boss explained.

reinforce direct rivals

To relieve some of the pressure, Szafner wanted to emphasize that Piastri signed last November, when he didn’t even land at Enstone. Even without naming him, it seemed like a way to hold someone responsible. Marcin BudkowskiHis predecessor in office.

In any case, the departure of the two drivers, to two direct rivals such as McLaren and Aston Martin, is a serious blow to the Alpine leadership. And it’s hard to accept the continuation of the ambitious project led by luca de mayo, CEO of the Renault Group. For now, the minimum objective in the remaining eight races is to maintain fourth place in the Constructors’ World Championship. Because 20 points on McLaren doesn’t seem like a definite difference by any means.

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