Alpine has confirmed the appointment of Oscar Piastri as the team’s reserve driver for the 2022 Formula 1 season.George Russell and Charles Leclerc by winning F1’s most prominent junior series in back-to-back seasons.
If he does so, he will be unable to race in F2 again next year. However Alpine has previously confirmed Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon will drive for the team in 2022.
From next year F1 will require teams to run novice drivers in practice sessions at a limited number of grands prix. Piastri “will have an extensive testing programme to continue his preparation and training for a future Formula 1 race seat”, said the team.
“The reserve driver role is the next step towards my aim for a race seat in 2023, which is very exciting,” said Piastri. “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 programme in order to keep developing myself to grow even more prepared for a race seat. I’m very thankful to Alpine for their support.”
Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi said Piastri has obvious natural talent. “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.
“At Enstone he has been a real asset to the team as he has aided the simulator and testing programme and I am certain he will continue to do so in his new role. The next step will be to consistently attend grands prix to fully integrate with the race team, learn what is expected of an F1 driver and be ready for when the opportunity comes.”
Guanyu Zhou, the most senior driver on Alpine’s roster of young talent, is in the running for an F1 debut with Alfa Romeo next season.
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