The Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi reveals that they are open to loaning Oscar Piastri under certain conditions.
After winning the Formula 2 title last year, Piastri did not find a race seat and became Alpine’s test and reserve driver. At the same time, the Australian’s F1 entry looks to be inevitable. Piastri may replace Fernando Alonso next year if he does not renew his contract with the team.
However, Rossi states that Alpine are ready to loan Piastri if it is possible to return him to the team after that.
“If it’s a solution that allows me to get him back at some point, I might think about it. I’m not opposed to the solution,” he commented.
“You understand I want to develop Oscar, I don’t want to leave him sitting on the bench waiting forever.
“He needs to be ready when the day comes. And the day will come because he’s very talented, he’s very worthy of one of the top 20 seats here. And I do believe he has the potential of being a future world champion, I’m persuaded of that. So he needs to be trained as much as he can in the meantime.
“[Looking at a loan has] always been a parameter for all of us. We knew last year that Fernando was performing. And it would be very surprising if suddenly during the winter he lost his magic.
“So let’s be realistic. It’s part of the scenarios we need to explore.”