Formula 2 champion Oscar Piastri will not be promoted to Formula 1 this year, despite his title success. The Australian has to be content with the reservist role at Alpine. He now hopes for 2023.
The statistics speak for themselves: In 2019 Oscar Piastri was able to achieve overall victory in the Formula Renault Eurocup, one year later he was named Formula 3 champion and last year he secured the title in the Formula 2 championship as a rookie, the is referred to as the antechamber of Formula 1.
But although the Prema driver landed on the podium at least once at every race weekend, took six wins and five more podiums as well as the championship crown, he could not find a cockpit in the premier class.
The Australian has to be content with the role of third driver alongside Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon at Alpine, and he said at the FIA awards ceremony in Paris: “Of course I’m a little disappointed that I won’t be on the Formula 1 grid in 2022 stand because I think, given the results, I certainly deserved a place. And as the rules are, I no longer have the opportunity to prove myself in a formula racing series. “
“But I try to do my best and it has already been suggested to me that I shouldn’t take the title on purpose in order to be able to compete in Formula 2 for another year. But that would not have been morally correct, and motorsport, especially in Formula 2, is very expensive, so staying there was not feasible from the start. I just hope that I’ll get my chance in 2023, ”added Piastri.
After all, he was allowed to move out for Alpine in the Formula 1 racer from 2021 for test purposes. The 20-year-old from Melbourne described the day in Abu Dhabi as follows: “It is forbidden not to enjoy a day in a Formula 1 car! It was of course great, but also very exhausting – in the evening I was really tired. “
“It wasn’t my first day at the wheel of a GP racer, but it was my first time in the 2021 car, so there were some things that were different. But I quickly got along with it and was able to quickly set a good pace », emphasized Piastri proudly.