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Destiny and determination entwine. Life often unfolds like a circle, bringing unexpected twists and turns. The events surrounding Alpine have been a testament to this. They had announced the debut of Oscar Piastri with the team without his consent, only to be followed by the young Australian driver disapprovingly denying the news. And the recent departure of Otmar Szafnauer from Alpine added an unexpected layer of turmoil. Amidst the whirlwind, a series of intriguing Twitter posts, including those liked by the mother of Oscar Piastri, hinted at her approval over the drama surrounding Alpine and their departing figures.

The saga began with the announcement of Sebastian Vettel’s retirement, triggering a series of events that reshuffled the F1 driver lineup. Fernando Alonso’s switch to Aston Martin caught Alpine off-guard, leaving them with an empty seat. Alpine’s Plan B was to promote their highly rated reserve, Oscar Piastri, earlier than originally planned. However, Piastri seemed keen on exploring other options on the grid, and the announcement of his debut without his consent led to him claiming that he had not agreed to Alpine’s announcement. Consequently, he ended up joining McLaren for the 2023 season and finished P2 at the Belgian GP sprint race ahead of Alpine’s Gasly.

In the midst of the upheaval, Nicole Piastri‘s actions on social media spoke volumes. A tweet that featured a collage celebrating her son Oscar’s impressive P2 finish, alongside the news of Szafnauer’s imminent departure interestingly caught her attention. By liking the post that stated, “The universe works in different ways,” Nicole hinted at her contentment with how events have unfolded.


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Nicole Piastri’s show of support didn’t end there. She also liked a tweet from the official F1 account, confirming the departure of both Otmar Szafnauer and Sporting Director Alan Permane following the Belgian GP, echoing the sentiment that sometimes, fate plays a hand in shaping life’s events.

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Nicole’s show of support for the team sends a powerful message that they have made the right choices for her son’s career, as he secured his career’s best result at the Belgian GP sprint. The Belgian GP not only saw dramatic developments on the track but also significant changes within the Alpine’s leadership.

A shift in leadership for Alpine

Alpine announced the departure of Team Principal Otmar Szafnauer, who will be leaving the team after the race in Spa-Francorchamps. Alongside Szafnauer, Sporting Director Alan Permane will also be parting ways with Alpine. The team expressed gratitude for their contributions and wished them well in their future endeavors. The team is gearing up for a change in leadership. Vice President of Alpine Motorsports, Bruno Famin, will step in as the Interim Team Principal from the Dutch GP onwards.


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With Pat Fry also leaving the team, Alpine is making way for fresh perspectives and ideas. The decision to appoint Julian Rouse as the Interim Sporting Director and Matt Harman to lead the technical team at Enstone signifies a new direction for the team. The management shake-up aims to ensure a smooth continuation of operations and maintain the team’s competitive edge.


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As the season unfolds, all eyes will be on Alpine to witness the impact of these changes on the team’s performance. What do you think about this shift?

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Vidhita is an F1 writer at EssentiallySports. Driven by her deep passion for motorsports and a love for the exhilaration of speed. Since 2016, she has been captivated by the world of F1 after watching a race with a relative, and her fascination has only grown stronger over the years.
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Akash Pandhare