Piastri Is Up And Running In A Secret McLaren Test

Piastri Is Up And Running In A Secret McLaren Test

Oscar Piastri is well on his way to establishing a successful career with McLaren in France.

According to the specialized French automobile publication Auto Hebdo, the 21-year-old Australian driver reportedly conducted a private test drive of a McLaren at Paul Ricard the previous Wednesday and Thursday.

Piastri was the subject of a heated legal argument earlier this year between Alpine and McLaren. McLaren had signed a racing deal until 2023 with the rookie, but Renault-owned Alpine claimed he already had a contract with them.

The contract recognition board ruled in favor of McLaren, and as a result, Lando Norris will have a new partner for the 2019 season in the form of Daniel Ricciardo.

When asked lately if Piastri would be granted an early release to McLaren, Alpine chief Otmar Szafnauer responded, “I don’t want to think about it yet since there’s more considerations to be had.”

The leader of McLaren, Andreas Seidl, made the following statement at the same time: “Sorry, but there has been no change. But I promise that I will let you know first as soon as I receive any new information.”

However, there has been no new information provided, despite Auto Hebdo’s claim that they have been in contact with both teams (although none has provided a response as of yet).

According to the publication, Piastri made his first McLaren runs on Wednesday on the shorter layout of 3.6 kilometers at Paul Ricard. On Thursday, before it started raining, he drove the entire circuit.

According to Jeremy Satis, a correspondent for the site, McLaren has not published any formal messages regarding the test.

This is very certainly due to the fact that Piastri is still under contract to Alpine, which means that he was had to wear McLaren overalls for his first test, despite the fact that the sponsor insignia were removed.

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