Oscar Piastri will race for McLaren in Formula 1 next season

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Australia’s Oscar Piastri will drive for British team McLaren in next season’s championship, confirming the long-expected move on social media.

McLaren won its contract battle with French rivals Alpine on Friday, enabling the team to announce 21-year-old Piastri as the man to take over from his fellow Aussie Daniel Ricciardo next season.

Ricciardo will leave McLaren at the end of what has proved a disappointing two-year spell — but hopes are high that Melbourne’s Piastri will become the next Australian F1 superstar.

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“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,” said the reigning Formula Two champion, who’s managed by former Australian F1 star Mark Webber.

Piastri, who will join forces with Briton Lando Norris at the Woking-based team, had gone public during a contract battle with his determination to join McLaren.

He had been Alpine’s reserve driver but said he didn’t want to take up the place vacated by Fernando Alonso next season.

Alpine team principal Otmar Szafnauer had been confident of retaining Piastri but after the dispute went before F1’s Contract Recognition Board this week, the four-person tribunal ruled McLaren had an existing contract in place.

Daniel Ricciardo wearing headphones while standing in the pit lane
Daniel Ricciardo is currently without a team.(NurPhoto via Getty Images: Jakub Porzycki)

“The only contract to be recognised by the board is the contract between McLaren Racing Limited and Mr Piastri dated 4 July 2022,” governing body FIA said in a statement on Friday.

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“Mr Piastri is entitled to drive for McLaren Racing Limited for the 2023 and 2024 seasons.”



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