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Piastri snubs a bad example for F1

Oscar Piastri, 2021 Qatar GP

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Formula 1 is showing young people a “bad example” by excluding Oscar Piastri from the premier class of motor racing for at least a year.

The 20-year-old Australian led by Mark Webber has largely won this year’s Formula 2 Championship on his first attempt – having won the FIA ​​Formula 3 title last year, also as a rookie.

“I hope I can be the champion to sit on the couch next year,” he smiled in Abu Dhabi.

Indeed, while Guanyu Zhou, a member of the Alpine Academy, will move to Formula 1 with Alfa Romeo next year, Piastri will have to be content with the full-time reserve role in 2022.

“I have certainly done everything in my power to present my case for a racing seat,” said Piastri.

“I said earlier this year that I thought the results might clear my way to an F1 seat somewhere. Obviously it didn’t work.

“Of course it’s a little disappointing that I don’t make the jump straight away but I really, really hope I’ll be on the grid in 2023,” he added.

“For the PG version of my comments, I would be pretty bored if I wasn’t on the grid in 2023, because I have nothing left to prove myself.”

Renault-owned Alpine, however, has made it clear that Piastri’s 2022 schedule will be filled with F1 testing and simulations, ahead of a likely race start with the Enstone-based team or elsewhere for 2023.

“I want to stay focused on F1 and make sure my face is in the paddock so people don’t forget about me,” Piastri said.

According to Dani Juncadella, a DTM driver and former F1 tester, leaving Piastri on the “couch” is a black mark against the Formula 1 name.

“People are complaining that Verstappen sets a bad example for young children because he is too aggressive and ‘unsportsmanlike’,” said the Spaniard.

“But a bad example for young children is that Piastri does not have a seat in F1 in 2022,” he insisted.


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