Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc wouldn’t be stunned if younger Australian Oscar Piastri is competing together with him in Components A person incredibly quickly.
Piastri is broadly tipped to make the step up to the sport’s elite level of competition getting designed a nutritious direct in the Method Two championship, despite it becoming his rookie year in the development class.
The 20-yr-previous, who claimed the Method 3 title previous 12 months, would develop into just the third driver – following Leclerc and George Russell – to earn the two junior groups if he can shut out this year’s F2 series.
Even with his stellar variety, Piastri seems to be an outsider for the one particular remaining seat on the 2022 F1 grid.
F2 rival Guanyou Zhou is widely tipped to get the nod to race for Alfa Romeo next 12 months.
Zhou would be China’s initial F1 driver and provides with him noticeable professional attraction, although there have been whispers he and Alfa Romeo are at loggerheads about the size of deal currently being available.
Even so Leclerc, who raced for Piastri’s Prema outfit in F2 himself, sees no purpose why the Melbourne solution cannot ultimately crack into the significant time.
“He is a very, quite proficient driver,” Leclerc advised the-race.com internet site.
“He’s very steady, generally there when he desires to be.
“It is remarkable and he definitely has the advantage to be in F1 … he need to be in F1. So, I genuinely hope he will be very shortly.”
Piastri’s 2022 period will be quite different if he does assert the F2 title but fails to uncover a F1 seat.
Below F2 championship regulations, Piastri would not be permitted to compete in that class once again if he promises the title.
The most most likely outcome if that takes place will be Piastri using on a reserve purpose at Alpine’s F1 workforce future 12 months, with Friday observe outings through the calendar year.