Oscar Piastri landed in the previous Formula 1 categories in the 2020 season and in his first year he surprised everyone by winning the Formula 3 championship, but it was even more surprising to see how just one year later, in 2021, he did with the Formula 2 title.
With such numbers, many people hoped that the young Australian driver would receive a chance to be part of the starting grid of motorsport’s top category as early as 2022, but that did not happen.
Oscar Piastri was part of Alpine’s young driver program and at that time they already had Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso under contract, so the young driver had to assume the role of reserve driver and spend an entire campaign away from the asphalt, although present in the circuits.
Looking ahead to 2023 and surprisingly, that changed when Alonso announced his signing for Aston Martin, a moment that the French team saw as the ideal time to confirm Piastri as the regular driver and Ocon’s new partner, but everything went even more wrong for Alpine when the young Australian claimed he would not be driving for them next season.
The Australian had signed a contract with McLaren and after several weeks of controversy and courts, the F1 Contracts Board agreed with those from Woking and Piastri will be Lando Norris’s new partner in 2023, a very complicated challenge after to see how Ricciardo fared in the British team.
Speaking about it, Nico Rosberg, former F1 driver and current TV commentator, said Piastri’s move to McLaren had been a great move by the Australian: “It’s a really bold move for Oscar.”
However, he sees a lot of danger in him, because if he fails to defeat Norris, he believes he could have the same fate as Daniel Ricciardo at the end of this course: ” But either he manages to beat Lando, or he will walk out the door. ” behind the grid . It’s hard to say it like that, it’s very hard, but it’s reality.”
“But he believes in himself, I’m 100% sure of that. When you know you’re a strong driver, you have to be ready for any challenge,” Rosberg said in closing.
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