Alpine’s young driver training program remains unclear in the wake of the Oscar Piastre case.
Alpine’s young driver program is under a cloud as a result Oscar Piastre right.
Although the young Australian was financed and supported Renohe’s owned the gear since 2020, he slipped out of the deal and got a new one McLaren the deal has received approval from the FIA’s contract recognition board.
“Other than our little blemish here at Alpine, I don’t think it’s good for the sport,” Alpine’s CEO said Laurent Rossi.
“We burned out before everyone else,” Dutch publication Formule 1 quoted him as saying.
He appears to accept that Piastri Alpine’s contract was not harsh, but says the situation sets a precedent that calls into question the viability of driver development programs.
“I’m not sure if I want to continue training drivers if I have to put them on a contract that they might find unattractive. So how do you fix it?” – said Rossi.
“You can decide to save money every year by not investing in drivers and then just catch them with the money saved. We are really wondering if we should expand beyond the current driver pool that we have.
“We’re wondering if we’re going to sign new drivers because why?”
After Piastre, Alpine’s most famous academy driver is 19-year-old Jack Doohan, son of motorcycle racing legend Mick, who has been linked with the vacant F1 seat for 2023.