Formula 1 - 2022 Season

iroboto

Daft Funk
Legend
Subscriber
Not sure if its going to be that interesting. I don't think Haas will replace Schumacher, most likely Ferrari will have a say in that. Not sure if there is much point in booting Magnussen for Ricciardo either. There's no obvious place for Schumacher to move to either with Alfa Romeo being the only possibility but I don't see why Ferrari would want to bother with that.

The top three teams are locked down. So are Mclaren and Aston Martin and one would assume Alpha Tauri. Maybe he'll swap to Alpine? I don't think they have an obvious replacement for Alonso/Paistri waiting in the wings and Ricciardo is a known quantity for them. Williams doesn't seem to be that keen on keeping Latifi so that might be an option but Williams doesn't exactly seem to be moving forwards.
Agreed. The article seemed far too silly. Ricciardo signed up to do TV or something right? Curious To see how that will work with F1 or not.
 

Pete

Moderate Nuisance
Moderator
Legend
I don’t know what happened to RB’s young driver program, but Piastri to Alpha seems to make sense. Tsunoda doesn’t look good enough to promote into a RB seat, and Gasly probably won’t get that chance again. Steal Piastri from Alpine (especially if Horner has some leftover resentment from the Renault rivalry) and set him up to replace Perez in a year or two.

That said, Alpine is a consistently top five team. It’s not a bad place to start your F1 career. An Alfa drive would be interesting if Audi buys the team, because then you’re in another manufacturer team. Williams doesn’t seem like anyone’s first option, especially if you’re not a Merc driver.
 

Pete

Moderate Nuisance
Moderator
Legend
Piastri to McLaren seems to be a done deal in that the FIA’s Contract Recognition Board has ruled that he could sign with McL as Alpine’s claim to him timed out on July 30th. He signed a contract with McL for 2023 (and probably beyond, as it must have been at least as good as Alpine’s minimum two-year offer) on the 30th.

FIA's contract recognition board, where all F1 contracts are checked for validity, is said to have validated Piastri's new contract with McLaren at the expense of his existing deal with Alpine.

RacingNews365.com understands that Piastri has a contract with Alpine for 2022, but not for 2023. His 2022 deal is said to contain an option on Piastri's services for 2023, but that option was not exercised within the required 30 days of signing that contract.

The next few paragraphs make it sound like Alonso played Alpine by putting off accepting their 1+1 offer until after Piastri signed with McLaren. FYI, Piastri’s agent is former F1 driver Mark Webber. Webber and Alonso are both tight with Flavio Briatore (I believe he was/is their agent). It’s hard not to think Alonso knew what was happening between Piastri and McLaren and delayed signing his Alpine contract to screw over Alpine for the insult of only a one year guarantee, but maybe Vettel’s late decision to retire really threw Alonso the extended (2+1) lifeline he wanted at the last minute and just happened to leave Alpine with zero birds in the hand.

So where does that leave Ricciardo? Fighting McL to keep a seat that he reportedly has a contract for, having McL essentially subsidize his return to Alpine (McL pays him somewhat less than the contract to end it early and Alpine making up the rest), or leaving F1? He wouldn’t want a Williams seat. Williams may take the American Logan Sargeant (if he gets his Super License) or the Merc reserve driver Nick DeVries.

Peter Windsor talks about the Piastri situation.

Edit: Sargeant needs to place fifth in F2 to get his superlicense. DeVries already won F2 and FE. https://www.espn.co.uk/f1/story/_/id/34333809/american-logan-sargeant-make-f1-practice-debut-austin
 
Last edited:

iroboto

Daft Funk
Legend
Subscriber
Piastri to McLaren seems to be a done deal in that the FIA’s Contract Recognition Board has ruled that he could sign with McL as Alpine’s claim to him timed out on July 30th. He signed a contract with McL for 2023 (and probably beyond, as it must have been at least as good as Alpine’s minimum two-year offer) on the 30th.



The next few paragraphs make it sound like Alonso played Alpine by putting off accepting their 1+1 offer until after Piastri signed with McLaren. FYI, Piastri’s agent is former F1 driver Mark Webber. Webber and Alonso are both tight with Flavio Briatore (I believe he was/is their agent). It’s hard not to think Alonso knew what was happening between Piastri and McLaren and delayed signing his Alpine contract to screw over Alpine for the insult of only a one year guarantee, but maybe Vettel’s late decision to retire really threw Alonso the extended (2+1) lifeline he wanted at the last minute and just happened to leave Alpine with zero birds in the hand.

So where does that leave Ricciardo? Fighting McL to keep a seat that he reportedly has a contract for, having McL essentially subsidize his return to Alpine (McL pays him somewhat less than the contract to end it early and Alpine making up the rest), or leaving F1? He wouldn’t want a Williams seat. Williams may take the American L-something Sergeant (if he gets his Super License) or the Merc reserve driver Nick DeVries.

Peter Windsor talks about the Piastri situation.
ahhhh!
 
Top