“Chopped Off the Hand That Fed Him”: Alpine Leaves Venomous Parting Words to Oscar Piastri, Laced With Grim “Michael Schumacher” Warning

Published 09/27/2022, 7:50 AM EDT
Oscar Piastri Alpine F1 Team, portrait, during the Formula 1 Grand Prix of Austria at Red Bull Ring circuit from 7th of June to 10th of July, 2022 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Gongora/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

McLaren made a big stir in the drivers market this season. The much-discussed termination of Daniel Ricciardo’s contract was coupled with the onboarding of an untried talent in Oscar Piastri.

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Oscar Piastri has entered McLaren in a very controversial manner. The saga was protracted and left all parties with a bitter aftertaste. Now that a conclusion has been reached, the spotlight has shifted to Piastri’s ability to replace Danny.

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Laurent Rossi, CEO of Alpine, believes this saga will create a target on Piastri’s young back. Talking to Auto Motor und Sport, Rossi had some tough comments for him, as he said, “He would have driven for us after Alonso left. McLaren and us are about the same strength. But we are a factory team. That is a competitive advantage.”

“He grew up in this team. He knows everyone in our team. We’ve shown our commitment to him. Shouldn’t he be a bit grateful for that? Oscar would do well to be fast and deliver results next year. But even if he becomes the new Michael Schumacher, this story will stick with him forever,” said Rossi.

SOCHI, RUSSIA – SEPTEMBER 26: Race winner Oscar Piastri of Australia and Prema Racing celebrates in parc ferme during the feature race of Round 6:Sochi of the Formula 2 Championship at Sochi Autodrom on September 26, 2021 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Joe Portlock – Formula 1/Formula Motorsport Limited via Getty Images)

Laurent further goes on to add, “There is no excuse for Oscar’s behavior. He has chopped off the hand that fed him and toyed with us because any draft contracts were not submitted on time. If he says he didn’t feel the full affection from us, I wonder why we offered him all the opportunities to become as complete a Formula 1 driver as possible?”

The caustic comments coming from Alpine for the young driver clearly show the effect the saga had on the team. They lost a driver they had slated for the future of the team. While there will always be discussions on who was right and who was wrong, Piastri will have to keep his head down and focus on doing his best at McLaren.

Oscar Piastri created an ugly problem at McLaren

Before McLaren poached Piastri from Alpine, they had to create space for him. The sacrifice came in the form of Daniel Ricciardo.

The fan favorite and McLaren “mutually terminated” their agreement which was meant to run till the end of 2023. McLaren’s decision drew a lot of flak from Ricciardo’s strong fan following.

Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 27, 2022 McLaren’s Lando Norris in action during qualifying REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

While Ricciardo still remains without a seat for the coming season, Zak Brown is hopeful the Aussie can find a place in F1 soon.

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It was never a discussion between Andreas [Seidl, team principal] and I, nor Daniel, to consider not allowing him to race in any other form of motorsport next year. And we hope he does. He’s a friend of the family and always will be. Restricting a racing driver from racing cars is nothing that McLaren would ever do,” Brown said.

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No one knows if and where Daniel would be racing next year. People will be keen to see his next steps. While a sabbatical is on the cards, he also has the option to race in NASCAR as per recent developments.

Piastri, on the other hand, will have a lot to prove as he makes his way onto the McLaren seat for his first full time F1 season.

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Abhay Tyagi

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Abhay Tyagi is a Formula 1 Author at EssentiallySports. Although he has completed his undergrad in Law and Management, he has always been eager to venture into the exciting field of sports journalism. With a special affinity for Engineering and Speed, Abhay has always found the world of Formula 1 quite exhilarating.

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