The FIA hearing to settle the contract dispute between Alpine and McLaren over Formula 2 champion Oscar Piastri began on Monday.
Over the summer time break, Alpine launched a press release confirming Piastri would substitute Fernando Alonso in 2023, just for the Australian to later tweet that he had no contract with Alpine and wouldn’t be racing for them subsequent yr.
Piastri and his supervisor Mark Webber consider they’ve a legitimate contract with McLaren for subsequent season.
McLaren hopes to switch the outgoing Daniel Ricciardo with Piastri.
The FIA’s contract recognition board was initially arrange in 1992 to settle the dispute between Jordan and Benetton over Michael Schumacher.
There isn’t any set timeline on a choice however it’s anticipated to return later this week.
The Alpine-McLaren dispute spilled over into the Media within the build-up to the Belgian Grand Prix.
Alpine boss Otmar Szafnauer accused Piastri of missing integrity, saying he had knowledgeable him of the choice whereas the Australian was within the Alpine simulator and that he talked about nothing a few take care of McLaren.
Piastri has been a part of the Alpine driver academy for 4 years and the French workforce has laid out an intensive and costly testing programme of F1 equipment for him this yr.
Szafnauer’s quote raises the query of what is going to occur if the FIA CRB guidelines in favour of Alpine.
Although Alpine is an enormous believer in Piastri’s potential, they could really feel the connection has been too badly broken to proceed with him in 2023.
In that occasion they may then promote Piastri to McLaren, though Motorsport.com has steered the workforce would possibly look to commerce Piastri with Pierre Gasly at Alpha Tauri.
During the Belgian Grand Prix weekend Gasly emerged as an outdoor candidate for the seat at Alpine.
Gasly seems unlikely to ever return to AlphaTauri’s father or mother workforce Red Bull so a transfer away from the programme would make sense.
Red Bull’s driver programme is at present missing any actual depth, so the prospect of including a expertise as thrilling as Piastri to its junior workforce would definitely be interesting.
Ricciardo, who raced for the workforce in 2019 and 2020, additionally looks like a robust candidate to race for Alpine subsequent yr if Piastri shouldn’t be there.