“It was Not Easy…”: Zhou Makes Shocking Alpine F1 Confession Amid Ugly Oscar Piastri Dispute

Oscar Piastri, who is making his imminent move to the big leagues, is the talk of the town. There is no official confirmation yet, but many reports suggest that Piastri will drive for McLaren next season. The rookie Australian is likely to replace the outgoing one in a most unusual turn of events.

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Alpine, without a valid contract, announced Piastri as their driver for the 2023 season. The young Australian quickly and publicly refuted the claim of the French team on his social media. Piastri’s former Alpine academy driver, Zhou Guanyu, watched the legend unfold from afar.

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The Chinese driver recently shared his joy at his decision to leave Alpine for a seat at Alfa Romeo last year. He said, “I have been released. Everything went well because my contract was up at the end of last year and it was up to both of us if we wanted to continue, but then the opportunity at Alfa came up.

“So leaving Alpine wasn’t easy, but I’m very happy that everything went well because if I had another year I would have been a bit stuck, same with Oscar.”

“So it’s not the best thing for me. I felt like there was an opportunity here, so I took it, and I think it was a very good decision,” Alfa Romeo content has also been added.

Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria – July 7, 2022 Alfa Romeo’s Guanyu Zhou before the Grand Prix REUTERS/Florion Goga

Until announced, Piastri did not have a seat in the French paddock where Alonso was scheduled to continue. However, Piastri was finally walking in his teammate’s footsteps a season later.

Piastri will probably have a seat in F1 in 2023. But where? And that’s a question that also affects Daniel Ricciardo.

If Oscar Piastri drives for McLaren, where will Ricciardo go?

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As it becomes increasingly clear that Oscar Piastri will drive for McLaren, the team needs to put their house in order. And the first order of business is taking care of Daniel Ricciardo’s situation.

Formula One F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 12, 2022 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo ahead of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

With the Australian contracted until the 2023 season, McLaren may need to work out a pay-off deal with Ricciardo to end his contract a year early. This deal is highly dependent on the driver securing a seat elsewhere. However, according to reports, Ricciardo has had four teams contact him in the past two weeks alone.

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The coming weeks will reveal some of the changes to the 2023 grid as the world anxiously awaits.

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