Oscar Piastri has found himself in the midst of a contract saga, one that could leave the Australian with nowhere to drive next season.

72 hours ago it looked as if Piastri’s chances of making it onto the 2023 grid were hinging on a loan move to Williams to partner Alex Albon.

That’s because his team, Alpine, believed they were about to re-sign Fernando Alonso on a one-year deal with the Spaniard continuing as Esteban Ocon’s team-mate.

And then Alonso left for Aston Martin with Alpine only made aware that they had lost the driver when they read the announcement on Monday morning.

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