Oscar Piastri has shot down Alpine’s announcement that he will be partnering Esteban Ocon in their 2023 driver line-up.

A day after Fernando Alonso’s move from Alpine to Aston Martin had been revealed, the French team confirmed the widely expected news that Piastri would be taking the former double World Champion’s place.

However, there had been uncertainty before the announcement in the form of reports suggesting Piastri’s manager, Mark Webber, had been sounding out McLaren with a view to potentially taking Daniel Ricciardo’s place there.

Now Piastri, an Alpine academy driver, has delivered the bombshell news himself in a tweet that he “will not be driving for Alpine next year”.

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