For anyone who wasn’t paying attention over the summer, one of F1’s silliest silly seasons was set in motion by Sebastian Vettel’s retirement.
Fernando Alonso then surprised everybody by signing up for the vacant seat at Aston Martin. That left a space free at Alpine, which seemed destined for their academy driver, Piastri.
However, behind the scenes the young Australian had been speaking to McLaren. When Alpine made an announcement that he would be promoted to a race seat next year, Piastri took to social media and definitely stated that he would not be racing for them in 2023.
The case then went to F1’s rarely used CRB, who have now determined that the 21-year-old’s contract with McLaren is the only valid one.
The CRB’s decision
The CRB was set up to adjudicate contract disputes after a tussle between Benetton and Jordan for the services of a certain young German named Michael Schumacher in 1991.
Alpine appealed to them after Piastri rejected their claim that he was committed to the French outfit.
In their official decision, the board have said:
“The only contract to be recognised is the contact between McLaren and Piastri dated 4 July 2022. Piastri is entitled to drive for McLaren for the 2023 and 2024 seasons.”