“The FIA Driver Contract Recognition Office has been set up to deal with contractual priority issues between drivers and the F1 team. That’s why we defer to his decision to resolve any disputes.”said FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem in a tweet on August 11.
It’s hard to know how this body works since the paragraph dedicated to it in the 2022 Formula 1 sporting regulations is simply blank! “Reserved for the exclusive use of competitors entered in the FIA Formula 1 World Championship”, is it only stipulated in this appendix 3 of the document, which can be consulted on the FIA website. The composition and the decision-making process of this independent body are therefore a well-kept secret among the teams.
Created in 1991 to arbitrate the dispute between Benetton and Jordan over Michael Schumacher, the CRB was notably seized in 2005 when Jenson Button wanted to return to Williams when he had a contract with BAR.
It remains to be seen what Alpine will do if the CRB decides in its favor. The bonds of trust broken with his protege, will the French team still decide to establish him in 2023 alongside Esteban Ocon? Or will she just use this judgment to obtain financial compensation from Piastri before releasing him to join McLaren? The CRB is expected to issue its decision within three days.