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It was inevitable that Otmar Szafnauer would face questions about Oscar Piastri's future this weekend, given the continuous headlines and reports linking the Australian driver to a Williams seat for the 2023 season. 

Szafnauer was asked about whether Oscar Piastri will have an F1 seat next year, followed up by questions about Fernando Alonso's future, a driver whose contract expires at the end of this season.

Alpine's team principal provided some clarity on the situation, giving an answer that some would interpret as a confirmation of current reports on the situation.

When asked about Oscar Piastri's place in F1, Szafnauer left no doubt about Alpine's expectation for next season, telling the media that Piastri will drive in F1 next season. 

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Of course, Szafnauer did not provide further details, which leaves the question of where Piastri will drive next year.

Alpine only has absolute control over its own seats, so it could be interpreted that Piastri's first entry into F1 will be via Alpine.

However, Alpine's team principal confirmed that negotiations with Alonso for a contract extension will begin in the summer, suggesting that the Spaniard's return to F1 is not yet over. 

A Piastri move to Williams is generally described as a win-win scenario, giving the Formula 2 Champion an entry into F1 whilst also securing the future of Double World Champion Fernando Alonso. 

However, this scenario still requires the agreement of several parties, meaning this more complicated outcome will only be achieved with negotiation and compromise on both sides. 

For now, at least, speculation about Piastri's future will surely continue until further details are provided.