McLaren and Alpine are separated by just four points in the Formula 1 constructor standings, and Oscar Piastre’s fault has intensified the rivalry.
In the year In 2022 Equation 1 The season so far has been very poor in the eyes of the McLaren faithful. Daniel Ricciardo has not been a competitive driver in recent seasons with Red Bull and Renault, Lando Norris has been disappointing in the MCL36, and the car has struggled to be even remotely competitive with the big three teams of Red Bull, Ferrari. , and Mercedes.
On the contrary, AlpineIt was a very successful season. Both drivers finished in the points with seven races to go, with Fernando Alonso shockingly second in Montreal, and his car showing impressive pace despite still lagging behind the top three teams.
That’s how Alpine sits four points ahead of McLaren in fourth place. Construction stages, 99-95, setting up one of the closest group matches since the summer break. The two teams will see each other as the main threat in the weekend’s race days and the cars will be the same.
And while it’s practically impossible for either team to advance to third place, the stakes couldn’t be higher.
The difference between finishing fourth and fifth in the standings can be millions of dollars. However, there may be a bigger prize on the line for the winner: commitment Oscar PiastreThe talented young Australian, who is set to join Formula 1 next year, is yet to sign a contract with any team.
on tuesday, Alpine announced on Twitter That Piastre will advance to their vacant position next season. Piastri shot back a statement in response to the announcement, saying he had not signed a contract with Alpine for 2023. He also said that he will not compete with the team next year.
With hundreds of thousands of likes and thousands of comments, Twitter has turned the world of Formula 1 upside down. Also, to fill the seat opened by Alonso, Alpine left the race for another option He announced that he was going to Aston Martin Following The retirement of Sebastian Vettel.
Piastre’s response left many guessing. He was in talks with McLaren to take over Ricciardo’s seat.. Ricciardo, whose contract runs until the 2023 season, has reached an agreement with team boss Zach Brown to stay for the next season. If Piastri is really interested in a seat at McLaren, then Ricciardo will be forced to move on next year.
So can McLaren slide the Piastre from the Alpine? Or could the French team still be the 2021 Formula 2 champion?
While the real reason behind Piastre’s decision not to be with Alpine next season is unknown, Alpine would indeed consider it a slap in the face if McLaren took him away. Ironically, if Ricciardo loses his current seat to the younger Australian, he may have a chance to return to the Alpine.
If Alpine want to convince Piastri to sign with them for 2023, the least they need to do is prove to the world that they can beat McLaren in terms of construction.
Alpine last sold McLaren in 2015. That was in 2018, when the team was still called Renault. A fourth year in a row with McLaren ahead of Piastri will crush his desire to sign with Alpine.
The pressure is on for both teams to finish the season strong. The above alone could change the future of their team for years to come.