F2 champion Oscar Piastri revealed that he was disappointed with F1 for not getting a racing seat, but admitted his new role will prepare him for it.
Piastri became F2 champion last season, and was earmarked as one of the best youngsters waiting in the wings for an F1 seat. Unfortunately, no team signed him for 2022 despite there being multiple openings.
However, he did net the role of Alpine reserve driver for 2022. Being a part of the Alpine Driver Academy, he is well-positioned to earn a seat with the French team at some point. However, should the outfit retain their current line-up, he will find himself at a crossroads.
Piastri revealed that he was disappointed with F1 for not getting a racing seat, saying he expected to get one after his amazing performance.
In an interview with F1’s official website, the youngster said, “Alpine are putting together such an extensive test programme for this year and I think that speaks volumes about their belief in me.
“The testing programme I’ll be doing, especially nowadays where in-season testing is banned with the current cars, I think it’s very rare to see that – so I think it speaks volumes about what Alpine think I can do. I’m looking forward to it.
“While there is no confirmation of whether it will lead to a step up, it’s definitely a very positive sign that they are very keen to have me.”
“Graduating from the academy is the goal for both parties involved – myself and Alpine,” Piastri pointed out.
“I would have loved to have been straight into a race seat out of F2, but the way things have panned out, that hasn’t been possible.
“I’m super happy we could make the reserve driver role happen. Even this year, while I won’t be in a race seat, there is still a lot I can learn, experience the pretty hectic schedule of a F1 season and help out behind the scenes and fully focus on F1 – as that’s where I want to get to in the future.”