Oscar Piastri Reveals His Important Fernando Alonso Goal Amid Alpine F1 Reserve Driver Role in 2022

Published 01/10/2022, 4:31 AM EST
MONZA, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 10: Pole position qualifier Oscar Piastri of Australia and Prema Racing celebrates in the Paddock during qualifying ahead of Round 5:Monza of the Formula 2 Championship at Autodromo di Monza on September 10, 2021 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Joe Portlock – Formula 1/Formula Motorsport Limited via Getty Images)


For the 2022 season, Alpine have great drivers in their arsenal. The Enstone-based team have extended the contracts of Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso. But what makes their squad even more exciting for the upcoming season is that they have Oscar Piastri as their reserve driver.

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The Australian feels that being a part of the Enstone-based team is a great opportunity, as it will help him learn from a 2-time world champion, Alonso. He further states that learning from Ocon is important as well; listening to both of them will help him get ready for the coming year.

Oscar Piastri is hoping to take notes from Fernando Alonso

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The Formula One community is excited to see the Australian be a part of the grid, even though he will only be a reserve driver for the French team. Even though he will have limited opportunities for an F1 car, Oscar’s main objective is to learn as much as possible from Ocon and Alonso

Speaking to Motorsport.com, Piastri said, “There are many other things outside of driving that make an F1 driver succeed. One of my main roles will be to learn as much as I can from Fernando and Esteban. Just listening to their way of doing things, the way they make suggestions to engineers, the amount of ability they have to think about ideas and what to change in the car outside of driving is impressive.”

“I think that’s the kind of thing I can get. I don’t need to be driving, that’s going to be an important part in the coming year,” he concluded. (Translated from Italian via Google)

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Fellow countryman Mark Webber backs Oscar Piastri in F1

Piastri has a major advantage in his racing career because he is managed and mentored by Formula One legend Mark Webber. The Australian believes in Oscar and believes that having him in Formula One is necessary. Webber mentioned Piastri joining the grid in 2023, and his response demonstrated his faith in the 20-year-old.

Webber said, “Absolutely, it’s a must for us. This is the last possible date. I think we’re all aware of that. So yes, 2023 will be the latest date, but even before that there may be some opportunities that you may never know. Oscar is in a splendid position. He will go a long way next year and is motivated and hungry at the same time.”

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“We all know that he deserves to be in Formula 1 next year, so no one questions that, but that’s how conditions in the driver market have improved. There aren’t many seats there.” (Translated from Turkish via Google Translate)

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With the 2022 grid fixed for the season, do you think there will be prospects for the Australian in 2023? In the comments area below, share your predictions regarding Piastri’s future in Formula One.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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