Is Callum Ilott Taking a Dig at F1 Driver Market in Exchange With Oscar Piastri?

Published 10/01/2021, 1:06 PM EDT


F2 championship leader and the former F2 vice-champion recently had a very interesting exchange on Twitter. Oscar Piastri and Callum Ilott joked around on Twitter, and in doing so, the latter referred to his lost seat in Formula 1.

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Callum Illot has been a fan favorite for an F1 seat for a very long time. The Alpha Romeo reserve driver has been in the discussions for a Formula 1 seat for a very long time. However, as the driver market comes to a close, Illot isn’t happy about having missed a seat again.

In conversation with Piastri, the Australian joked about Ilott’s lack of verification on Twitter. Ilott replied that it’s not the only thing that’s missing.

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As a Ferrari junior, many assumed that Ilott will have a strong chance for an appearance next season. Although Alpha Romeo is yet to confirm Antonio Giovinazzi‘s seat, with Ilott’s comment, it’s safe to assume that the Brit will not be getting Gio’s ‘Ferrari seat’.

Callum Ilott ventures to IndyCar

The 22-year-old retired from F2 last season, and now sets his sights on IndyCar. Ilott had made his IndyCar debut in Portland; recently confirming his place in the American series.

Now racing for Juncos Racing in 2022, Ilott has taken away a lot of pointers after a three-week race run with the team. Hoping to find his place in the series, the Briton is looking forward to the new chapter in his career.

We’ve had some real positives and know the things we need to work on. I definitely feel we can put ourselves in a great position to start off the 2022 season strong.”

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Team boss Juncos is also looking forward to seeing what the driver can bring to the team. “Callum brings a lot of experience and incredible talent to the team. We are confident that he will transition well into the NTT INDYCAR SERIES.”

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As Ilott explores opportunities outside of F1, it can’t be denied how unfortunate it is that young and upcoming drivers like him find it difficult to get a seat within the limited 20. Although the competition is extremely tight, F1 is looking for ways to stretch out and provide opportunities to new talent.

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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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