Red Bull F1 Team Principal Horner Regrets Passing on Oscar Piastri

Oscar Piastri is one of the many names that have caused a stir during Formula One’s silly season this year after the Alpine vs. McLaren saga.

News broke Aug. 1 that Fernando Alonso would compete for Aston Martin in 2023, filling the vacancy that will be left by Sebastian Vettel who announced he will retire from F1 at the end of this season. A day later, Alpine announced Oscar Piastri would drive for them next season; however, the 21-year-old denied this on social media.

On Aug. 24, news broke that McLaren and Daniel Ricciardo “mutually agreed” to split at the end of the ’22 campaign, and ultimately, the Contract Recognition Board later upheld McLaren’s contract with Piastri.

But, these weren’t the only two teams who had a chance at taking a look at the 2021 Formula Two champion. Red Bull team boss Christian Horner revealed how he regrets passing on the chance at signing the rising star. Piastri competed for Arden, the team Horner and his father, Garry, founded, while in Formula Four and Formula Renault.

“There was an opportunity for Red Bull to look at him at the time and we didn’t take up that option, which is something that I regret,” Horner said on the latest episode of F1’s Beyond the Grid podcast.

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