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Piastri stars as F1 ‘silly season' explodes

Aug.3 Formula 1's ‘silly season' has exploded into high drama just as the sport prepares to enter its August break. Otmar Szafnauer admits Fernando Alonso's decision to turn down a one-year deal and instead sign what is believed to be a $25 million per season multi-year contract with Aston Martin caught Renault-owned Alpine by surprise. 'There were rumours in the paddock and I heard them,' the Alpine boss is quoted by L'Equipe. 'But I learned of the signing through the press release.' Szafnauer admits he also saw Alonso with Aston Martin owner Lawrence Stroll in Hungary last weekend, although he says the 41-year-old denied signing a deal. 'I couldn't speak with Fernando on Monday as...
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