The F2 championship leader Oscar Piastri will begin his involvement in F1 next season, acting as a reserve driver for Alpine.

Details:

  • Piastri was thought to be in talks with Alfa Romeo for a seat in F1 next season after his impressive rookie performance in F2 this year. However, this is now unlikely, meaning Piastri will miss out on a seat next season.
  • Piastri is a member of the Alpine Academy for younger drivers that helped him to achieve the reserve driver role and could open up further gateways into F1 in later seasons.
  • The Australian revealed he is accepting of waiting until 2023 for a seat and views his reserve driver role as “the next step” towards F1.

What Piastri had to say:

  • “The reserve driver role is the next step towards my aim for a race seat in 2023, which is very exciting.”
  • “I’ve proved myself in the junior formulas over the last couple of years and feel like I’m ready for Formula 1 now along with the trackside experience at race weekends, we will put together a substantial test program in order to keep developing myself to grow even more prepared for a race seat. I’m very thankful to Alpine for their support.”

What Laurent Rossi had to say:

  • “Oscar’s natural talent is clear to see, so we’re very proud and privileged to have him as part of our team as our reserve driver from next year.”
  • “Not only does Oscar have the on-track skills, as demonstrated over the last couple of years in the junior categories, but also the maturity and composure that makes him really stand out from the rest.”

I am a 17-year-old motorsport fan and writer who possesses a strong passion for machines that go fast. I am from Australia but I aspire to be a journalist covering motor racing series and events all over the globe.