Oscar Piastri to take Daniel Ricciardo’s McLaren F1 seat in 2023


Oscar Piastri will substitute Daniel Ricciardo on the McLaren Components 1 group in 2023, the group confirmed Friday in a press launch.

“I am extraordinarily excited to be making my F1 debut with such a prestigious group as McLaren and I am very grateful for the chance that is been afforded me,” Piastri stated in a press release.

The 21-year-old Australian will accomplice with Lando Norris and fill the seat vacated by countryman Ricciardo, who’s ending his McLaren contract early. Ricciardo’s future plans haven’t been confirmed.

2022 McLaren MCL36 Formula One race car

2022 McLaren MCL36 Components One race automotive

Piastri, who’s managed by fellow Australian and F1 veteran Mark Webber, has already constructed up a powerful resume, profitable the 2019 Components Renault Eurocup, the 2020 F3 championship, and the 2021 F2 championship.

“Oscar is likely one of the up-and-coming skills coming via the feeder sequence into F1 and we’re delighted to see him be a part of the group for 2023,” McLaren CEO Zak Brown stated in a press release. “Successful each F3 and F2 in successive rookie seasons is an actual achievement and testomony to his expertise in single-seater racing.”

2022 McLaren MCL36 Formula One race car

2022 McLaren MCL36 Components One race automotive

Piastri was very a lot in demand, in actual fact. He is been Alpine’s reserve driver for the 2021 season, and the group had tried to safe him to fill a seat vacated by Fernando Alonso, who’s headed to Aston Martin in 2023 to exchange Sebastian Vettel.

Alpine preemptively named Piastri as Alonso’s substitute, main the Australian to launch a press release denying that he could be driving for the group. The Alpine seat stays unfilled as of this writing, however the group might doubtlessly take again Ricciardo, who drove for it in 2019 and 2020 beneath its earlier Renault guise.


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