“I know quite a bit about it”: Alpine were reportedly ‘playing’ with both Oscar Piastri and 2-time Champion Fernando Alonso

Somin Bhattacharjee
|Published 30/08/2022

Former Sauber Junior driver Juan Manuel Correa revealed that Alpine were playing with both Oscar Piastri and Fernando Alonso. 

Over the last few weeks, the saga surrounding Piastri and Alpine has taken the world of F1 by storm. As soon as Alonso announced that he would replace Sebastian Vettel at Aston Martin in 2023, Alpine wasted no time in revealing Piastri as Esteban Ocon’s future teammate.

That turned out to be an embarrassing moment for the French team, as Piastri soon revealed that Alpine was not going to be his team for 2023. This came as shocking news for F1 fans, as the young Aussie had been a part of the team’s junior setup for over four years.

Piastri spent 2022 as a reserve driver for Alpine, and most people assumed that Alpine would promote him the moment Alonso decided to leave or retire. As it turns out, Alpine lost out on both the 2-time World Champion and the 2021 F2 Champion in the space of two days.

Piastri’s destination next season has not been revealed yet. However, very strong rumors are linking him to the McLaren seat of outgoing driver Daniel Ricciardo.

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Formula 3 driver exposes Alpine’s game with Oscar Piastri and Fernando Alonso

Juan Manuel Correa is currently driving for ART Grand Prix in Formula 3. In a recent interview, the American-Ecuadorian driver revealed that Alpine were playing games with both Piastri and Alonso.

Correa and Piastri have the same physiotherapist, so he got to know a lot about the insides of how Piastri’s last few months went. The 23-year-old insisted that Alpine had promised a lot of things to Piastri which they hadn’t fulfilled. This made the Melbourne born driver turn away from the Enstone based outfit.

“I don’t know how much I should say,” Correa said in an interview with Sky Sports’ Anthony Davidson. “The thing is my physio this year is actually Oscar’s full-time physio. So, I know quite a bit about it.”

“From my perspective and what is public knowledge, I think it is actually more of Alpine’s fault. They were playing a little bit with Oscar and Fernando. They didn’t give Oscar I think what they had promised, and any driver in his position would have done what he did. That’s what I think, from what I know.”

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Somin Bhattacharjee

Somin Bhattacharjee

Somin Bhattacharjee is an F1 writer at The SportsRush. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and aims to work in the sports industry for the rest of his life. Somin has been a fan of Scuderia Ferrari since 2010 and his favorite driver is none another than the great Fernando Alonso. Other than longing for a Ferrari Championship win once again, Somin spends his free time playing football and basketball.

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