Alpine ski boss Otmar Szafnauer claims F1 conspiracy over Oscar Piastri McLaren transfer

Alpine snowboarding group boss Otmar Szafnauer said he would not be “shocked” when key F1 figures shared information behind closed doors as the Oscar Piastri debacle continued to explode.

While information on Piastri’s McLaren alternative of fellow countryman Daniel Ricciardo has not been officially presented by the group, Szafnauer has spoken on the matter.

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The problem came to a head when two-time world champion Fernando Alonso sensationally announced he was leaving Alpine for Aston Martin, leaving a vacant seat which the French outfit said Piastri would take.

It was also revealed that Alonso failed to notify Alpine bosses before the decision to disband was made public.

Nevertheless, Piastri announced in a statement on social media that he “will not be going to Alpine in the next 12 months”.

Critics quickly snowballed that Piastri signed with McLaren, who were willing to pay for Ricciardo’s seat, which could value the group at $21 million.

The only question is whether or not Piastri has a good contract with Alpine.

broadcast in French Automated weekly Reported this week, the F1 Contract Recognition Council has found that Piastri’s Alpine and McLaren contracts are legitimate.

Alpine has threatened to take legal action to recoup the hundreds of thousands of dollars it spent on Piastri this season.

“Going to the Supreme Court docket is over 90% safe since that’s what we will do,” Szafnauer told Reuters.

“If the CRB (Contract Recognition Board) says ‘Your license is only legit in Alpine’ and he (Piastri) says ‘That’s fine, but I never drive for them, I’ll just sit for 12 months”, then you must apply to the Supreme Court docket for compensation.

But the Alpine boss also pointed to possible collusion between Piastri’s supervisor, Mark Webber, Alonso and his supervisor, Flavio Briatore.

Briatore, a former group manager at Bennetton and Renault, was Alonso’s longtime supervisor, while Webber and Alonso are close friends after their time in F1.

“Look, I don’t have a document on this, but it’s system 1 and I wouldn’t be shocked if someone said they have large scale data, maybe a few years from now,” Szafnauer said. mentioned.

“I always tell everyone that in System 1 it’s a must to act like everyone knows about every game. There are no secrets and techniques about this business. If you ask someone not to say something, everyone acts like they know.

“This is how I have operated my business in System 1 for 25 years. And it shouldn’t be shocking if that[knowledge sharing]occurred.”

Piastri’s drama heats up a bit as Alpine still needs the Aussie in his car, but Szafnauer questioned {the teenager}’s integrity.

Szafnauer may not be the one who can smell the fish.

Former F1 driver Christian Danner mentioned that Piastri’s techniques were “clearly handwritten” by Briatore.

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