Oscar Piastri, Formula 1 beef
The Aussie has undoubtedly been one of the names in this silly season
Despite all the off-track controversy, he arrives fully prepared for his F1 debut
Oscar Piastri has shown on and off the track that he is ready to make the leap to Formula 1. With Daniel Ricciardo’s farewell at the end of this season, McLaren’s doors are open for 2023. His debut in the premier category it is something he has prepared conscientiously and not just this year.
Piastri had undeniable success in the lower categories. The young Australian won the Formula 3 and Formula 2 titles in his first year in those categories, but this meteoric rise may have forced him to wait a bit longer for his Formula 1 debut. timing” didn’t help at the end of 2021, but he could see the positive side of staying in drydock – a decision he made himself.
Piastri did not see the need to gain experience in other categories such as Japanese Super Formula, DTM or Formula E, as other drivers such as Pierre Gasly or Alexander Albon did. pending a call from Formula 1. The Australian has remained in the Alpine garage in 2022 as a reserve driver, trying to learn as much as possible from an environment in which he hopes to be for a long time.
Piastri wasted no time attending the team meeting notebook and learning from riders like Daniel Ricciardo and Fernando Alonso. “It’s been pretty good to understand that they’re not speaking in a foreign language. It’s just a later development. Be specific and report the main things,” Piastri commented in statements published by The Race.
After winning the Formula Renault Eurocup in 2019, Piastri made the jump to Formula 3 in 2020 and won the title in the year of the pandemic. The Australian beat Théo Pourchaire by three points in a season where he particularly excelled in running pace. Qualifying was his weak point, as he didn’t make any poles and went through tough times that made him stronger.
That same year, he had a nice reward by being able to go to a Formula 1 GP with Renault, with whom he was already working on their young driver program. The Aussie paid close attention to frame work throughout the event. At the time, he had a lot to learn, but it didn’t take him long to do so.
“It was nice to understand that they don’t speak some kind of alien language. It’s just a further development, they keep it simple and to the point, the focus is on the most important things. In 2020, I I had some weak moments, but I learned to see what he needed from the car and how we could work out the pace issues,” Piastri said during the 2020 Turkish GP, according to The Race.
2021 was the best year of Piastri’s career, as he dominated an unopposed Formula 2 that condemned him to two races to go. In his last season with Prema, he ended all the one-lap problems he had in 2020 and won the last five Poles, showing his great ability to analyze and then eliminate his weak points.
Although his Grand Cirque debut will not come with Alpine, the work Piastri has done with them in 2022 has been very important. In addition to two free practice sessions 1 which he will have to do in due course, he has participated in different practice sessions at circuits such as Losail, Austin and the Red Bull Ring. Without a doubt, an enviable preparation that turns Oscar into Formula 1 meat.
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