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Piastri joins McLaren for 2023 season

Oscar Piastri. Credits: @desacelerandof1 (Twitter).

McLaren officially announced that Oscar Piastri will drive for them in the 2023 Formula 1 season.

Piastri was expected to drive for Alpine next year after they had announced that the Australian will replace Fernando Alonso. However, Piastri denied that hours later.

The 21-year-old reportedly had an agreement with McLaren. However, Alpine claimed that Piastri was obliged to drive for them.

The dispute was settled by the Contract Recognition Board. On Friday, McLaren confirmed that Piastri will team up with Lando Norris in 2023.

“I’m extremely excited to be making my F1 debut with such a prestigious team as McLaren and I’m very grateful for the opportunity that’s been offered to me,” Piastri commented on the announcement.

“The team has a long tradition of giving young talent a chance, and I’m looking forward to working hard alongside Lando [Norris] to push the team towards the front of the grid. I’m focused on preparing for my F1 debut in 2023 and starting my F1 career in papaya.”

“The entire team is delighted to welcome Oscar to McLaren for the 2023 F1 season. He has an impressive racing career to date, and we are sure that together with Lando, he will be able to help us move another step forward towards our ambitions,” McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl said.

“We still have an important job to do this season which the team remains focused on, before we will then ensure Oscar is integrated into the team as quickly as possible and ready for the challenges ahead. We look forward to preparing for an exciting 2023 season together.”

“Oscar is one of the up-and-coming talents coming through the feeder series into F1 and we are delighted to see him join the team for 2023,” McLaren CEO Zak Brown added.

“Winning both F3 and F2 in successive rookie seasons is a real achievement and testament to his talent in single-seater racing. In Lando and Oscar, we have a young, exciting F1 line-up with a huge amount of potential, standing us in good stead to achieve our future ambitions.

“Oscar is an exciting addition to the McLaren family, and we look forward to seeing him grow with our F1 team.”

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