“It wasn’t easy…”: Zhou makes shocking Alpine F1 confession amid ugly Oscar Piastri dispute

Oscar Piastri, who is making his upcoming move to the major leagues, is the talk of the town. There is no official confirmation yet, but multiple reports suggest Piastri will drive for McLaren next season. The rookie Australian is likely to replace the outgoing in the most extraordinary turn of events.

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Alpine, without a valid contract, announced Piastri as their driver for the 2023 season. The young Australian quickly and publicly refuted the French team’s claim on its social media. Zhou Guanyu, the former administrator of the Alpine Academy, watches the saga unfold from a distance.

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The Chinese driver recently shared his joy at his decision to leave Alpine last year for a seat at Alfa Romeo. He said, “I have been released completely. Everything went very well because my contract expired at the end of last year and it was up to both of us if we wanted to continue, but then there was an opportunity at Alfa.”

“So it was not easy to get out of Alpine, but I am very happy that everything went well because if I had another year I would be a bit stuck, same now with Oscar.”

“So it’s not the best for me. I feel there was an opportunity here, so I went for it and I think it was a very good decision.” further added content Alfa Romeo man.

Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria – July 7, 2022 Alfa Romeo’s Guanyu Zhou for Grand Prix REUTERS/Florion Goga

Until it was announced, Piastri did not have a seat in the French paddock with Alonso going through. A season later, however, Piastri finally follows in his colleague’s footsteps.

Piastri will most likely have a seat in F1 by 2023. But where? And that is a question that also concerns Daniel Ricciardo.

If Oscar Piastri drives for McLaren, where will Ricciardo go?

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As it becomes increasingly clear that Oscar Piastri will be driving for McLaren, the team must get their house in order. And the first order would be to take care of the Daniel Ricciardo situation.

Formula One F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 12, 2022 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo for Azerbaijan Grand Prix REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

With the Australian on contract until the 2023 season, McLaren may have to work on a pay-off deal with Ricciardo to terminate his contract a year earlier. This deal relies heavily on the driver getting a seat elsewhere. However, according to reports, Ricciardo has had four teams in touch with him in the past two weeks alone.

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The coming weeks will reveal some of the changes to the 2023 grid as the world eagerly awaits.

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