Alpine Colleagues Oscar Piastri & Esteban Ocon Ridicule Their F1 Breaks With Witty Championship

Published 12/17/2021, 3:10 PM EST
MONZA, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 12: Race winner Oscar Piastri of Australia and Prema Racing celebrates in parc ferme during Round 5:Monza feature race of the Formula 2 Championship at Autodromo di Monza on September 12, 2021 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Joe Portlock – Formula 1/Formula Motorsport Limited via Getty Images)


Oscar Piastri has been a notorious man around the paddock. With jokes and subtle digs, the 2021 F2 champion is both talented and witty. In a recent conversation, Esteban Ocon joined in on the banter with Piastri, and the two did not disappoint.

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After having won three championships in different feeder series, Piastri is now unfortunately without an F1 seat for 2022. He has had to settle with the role of  Alpine’s reserve driver. Thus, he made a nuanced statement about the irony of his situation. “Hope I can be the champion of sitting on the couch next year.”

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In a post sharing Piastri’s quotes, Alpine driver Esteban Ocon made a sneaky comment. “I’m the 2019 champion.” 

Referring to the time he was deprived of a seat after Racing Point shut the door on him, Ocon’s comment didn’t go unnoticed.

2021 Rookie of the Year- Oscar Piastri

Piastri left the FIA gala thinking about his filling silverware cabinet at home. Not only did the Aussie lift the championship’s trophy, but also a duly deserved Rookie of the Year award.

However, the unfortunate reality remains that Piastri will spend 2022 without an F1 seat. Yet, the dream is alive in the young champion. Now as Alpine’s reserve driver, Piastri knows he’s just one stepping stone away from a career in the big league.

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After a successful round with the young drivers’ test in Abu Dhabi, Piastri got a taste of absolute speed and wonder. “It was my first time working with the race team, I’ve seen them before but working with all those people I’ve seen as above me for the last year or so, to be working with them now was awesome.”

The newly appointed reserve driver found confidence in the Alpine monocoque. “It got me into the environment, I’m almost a F1 driver now so yeah it does feel like my first day of my new job.”

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Clearly amped about his future in Formula 1, the world awaits the day Piastri sits behind an F1 steering wheel!

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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