Fernando Alonso denies involvement in Oscar Piastri-Alpine ‘conspiracy’


Fernando Alonso is leaving Alpine to affix Aston Martin subsequent season; Alonso’s announcement triggered a dramatic driver switch saga that noticed Oscar Piastri reject Alpine’s claims he would drive for them in 2023; watch the Belgian GP stay on Sky Sports F1 all weekend

Last Updated: 25/08/22 4:55pm

Fernando Alonso says he wasn't as supported by Alpine due to his age and is very happy to join the Aston Martin project

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Fernando Alonso says he wasn’t as supported by Alpine because of his age and could be very pleased to affix the Aston Martin mission

Fernando Alonso says he wasn’t as supported by Alpine because of his age and could be very pleased to affix the Aston Martin mission

Fernando Alonso has denied being concerned in a “conspiracy” to sabotage Alpine and insists he has nothing to do with Oscar Piastri’s refusal to drive for the staff subsequent season.  

Alonso shocked the paddock by asserting originally of August he’ll depart Alpine on the finish of the season to interchange the retiring Sebastian Vettel at Aston Martin, triggering a dramatic driver switch saga that continues to unfold as the game prepares to renew after its summer time break at this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix.

Alpine introduced present reserve driver Piastri would fill the 2023 seat, earlier than the 21-year-old responded by saying he wouldn’t be doing so, resulting in hypothesis Alonso and his supervisor Flavio Briatore had been conscious of the Australian’s intentions.

McLaren’s announcement on Wednesday that Daniel Ricciardo will depart the staff on the finish of this season has all however confirmed the Woking staff have a deal in place with Piastri, however Alpine stay adamant they’ve a contract for the wantaway teen to remain.

Asked in regards to the conspiracy theories and whether or not Briatore had been concerned, Alonso stated: “No by no means.

Oscar Piastri says he will not fill Alonso's seat at Alpine next season

Oscar Piastri says he will not fill Alonso’s seat at Alpine next season

“I learn that in the primary days and truthfully it was fairly unhappy and annoying to learn that conspiracy, as a result of I made this determination, I defined why.

“For some months that I’ve been chatting with the team about extending the contract but nothing officially arrived and nothing officially happened, and Aston called me after Seb retired. If Sebastian continued this would probably not have happened, the move to Aston. There were very clear and very easy decisions from my side, and what happened after and what is happening with Oscar, is completely not my thing and I will be completely aside.”

Alonso, 41, who gained two world championships with Alpine [formerly Renault] in 2005 and 2006, rejoined the staff in 2021 as he returned to the game after a two-year hiatus.

Paul Di Resta is surprised at Oscar Piastri's rejection of an Alpine seat next season and thinks the young Australian has another seat lined up for 2022

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Paul Di Resta is shocked at Oscar Piastri’s rejection of an Alpine seat subsequent season and thinks the younger Australian has one other seat lined up for 2022

Paul Di Resta is shocked at Oscar Piastri’s rejection of an Alpine seat subsequent season and thinks the younger Australian has one other seat lined up for 2022

“Oscar is an incredible talent for any team, for Alpine,” Alonso stated. “I’ve been working with him for now two years and I wish him the best and also the best for Alpine, because it’s going to be my team this year, but it’s going to be my team always in my heart because we achieved things that were unthinkable when we started the relationship.

“I got here again to the game additionally because of Alpine, so I solely want one of the best for them and people feedback that I learn had been unhappy to learn.”

‘I didn’t feel supported’

Speaking to Sky Sports F1, Alonso elaborated on the feelings that had led him to decide to leave Alpine, explaining he felt the team treated him unfairly because of his age.

Asked if he felt there was a lack of support, Alonso said: “It was for positive. I’m making an attempt to carry out at my greatest. Every weekend I attempt to give my greatest on observe. We had an unimaginable journey these two years with the staff and we grew up quite a bit.

Jenson Button talks us through Alonso's brilliant P2 qualifying lap in his Alpine in Canada earlier this season

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Jenson Button talks us by means of Alonso’s sensible P2 qualifying lap in his Alpine in Canada earlier this season

Jenson Button talks us by means of Alonso’s sensible P2 qualifying lap in his Alpine in Canada earlier this season

“It seems that I have to be evaluated every year because my passport says whatever date of birth. It was a bit strange to me and other teams think differently, they trust on my ability and I’m happy for that.”

Asked if an extended contract provide from Alpine would have ensured he stayed with the staff, Alonso added: “You never know. We were moving around in different things and we were maybe not agreeing on the principles.

“It’s not solely what you agree in phrases of the length of the contract, nevertheless it’s additionally the belief that you simply really feel and the way you are feeling wished in a spot.

“It was always a strange feeling and I felt that it was the right decision to move to Aston, because they seemed to really want me and appreciated every performance I have put in the last two years.”

‘Aston Martin strikes synonymous with success’

There was extra shock at Alonso’s determination to affix Aston Martin given the staff’s massively disappointing efficiency this season, with their 20 factors leaving them above solely Williams in the constructors’ standings.

Alpine are competing with McLaren for fourth, however Alonso appeared to recommend he believes Aston Martin have extra potential to problem on the entrance of the grid in the long run.

Anthony Davidson takes a look at Alonso's brilliant first lap at the French Grand Prix

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Anthony Davidson takes a take a look at Alonso’s sensible first lap on the French Grand Prix

Anthony Davidson takes a take a look at Alonso’s sensible first lap on the French Grand Prix

“I think for sure there is some risk in every decision you make in F1,” Alonso stated. “No one has the crystal ball to guess the future.

“At the identical time, in F1 or in any sport, you win or you do not. It does not matter to be fourth, or ninth or thirteenth, you might be first or you aren’t successful. And I believe all of the F1 groups and drivers, we’re right here to be in that prime spot, and I felt that throughout the prospects that I had on the desk for subsequent yr, I believe this one was the best one.

“I think the project has some ingredients for the future that in F1 are normally synonymous with success – when you invest and you have the best people. So let’s see if we can shortcut that time as much as possible and make Aston Martin very fast next year already.”

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