Alpine: We acknowledge Contract Recognition Board decision

Alpine: We acknowledge Contract Recognition Board decisionAlpine announced that they acknowledge the decision of the FIA’s Contract Recognition Board (CRB) that upheld Oscar Piastri’s contract with McLaren for 2023.

The CRB has been looking into the dispute between McLaren and Alpine over the services of Formula 2 Champion Piastri since Monday, and issued their ruling on Friday, claiming the Australian’s contract with McLaren will be recognized.

The FIA said in a statement: “A Tribunal appointed by the Contract Recognition Board held a meeting on 29 August 2022 when counsel for Alpine Racing Limited, McLaren Racing Limited and Mr Oscar Piastri were heard.

“The Tribunal has issued a Unanimous Decision that the only Contract to be recognised by the Board is the Contract between McLaren Racing Limited and Mr Piastri dated 4 July 2022.

“Mr Piastri is entitled to drive for McLaren Racing Limited for the 2023 and 2024 seasons. The members of the Tribunal comprised Ian Hunter QC presiding, Prof. Klaus Peter Berger, Matthieu de Boisseson and Stefano Azzali,” the statement added.

Ruling evidence of FIA governance, transparency and independence

FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem said on twitter: “The latest ruling by the FIA’s independent Contract Recognition Board is evidence of the governance, transparency and independence the FIA rightly has in place and which is a core part of my Presidential team’s manifesto.”

McLaren soon after confirmed that Piastri will be driving for them in Formula 1 next year, as Alpine issued a brief statement on the subject.

Alpine’s team statement said: “BWT Alpine F1 Team thanks the Contract Recognition Board (CRB) for convening on Monday and we acknowledge the decision they have made.

“We consider the matter closed on our side and will announce our full 2023 driver line-up in due course,” it added.

“Our immediate focus is the Dutch Grand Prix and securing points in our fight for fourth in the Constructors’ Championship,” the team concluded.

Alpine are yet to confirm who will replace Fernando Alonso alongside Esteban Ocon, the latter pushing for friend Mick Schumacher, while Pierre Gasly is also strongly linked to the seat.