Alumni News: Oscar Piastri graduates to FIA F2

December 1, 2020

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It has been announced today that former YRDA athlete, Oscar Piastri, will graduate to the FIA Formula 2 Championship in 2021 with Prema. After winning the FIA Formula 3 title in his debut season, Oscar has been moved up the ranks within the Italian outfit and is the second driver to be confirmed on the grid for next season.

Ever since joining the Arden Motorsport and YRDA team in 2017, Oscar has been on a fast rise up the ranks within the junior formula’s. The Australian entered the British F4 championship with a bang finishing as Vice Champion to Jamie Caroline taking six wins and fifteen podiums.

From there Oscar moved up to Formula Renault Eurocup with the Red Arrows and after finding his feet in 2018 he would go on to win the title in 2019 with R-ace GP. His performances in the championship were noticed by the Italian giants, Prema, who signed him to race for them in the FIA F3 championship alongside Frederik Vesti and Logan Sargeant.

As he has done throughout his career Oscar proved he was not here to play any games bringing an immediate to the presence to the championship with a win in the season opener at Red Bull Ring. Although he would only take one more win at Catalunya, his consistency would see him lead the way going into the Mugello season finale.

In a nail biting finish, which would eventually see the top three split by just four points, Oscar would take the title by just three points becoming the first ever Australian to win the title! The result would see Oscar signed to the Renault Sport Academy and he would later go on to test a Formula One car.

With reigning champions not allowed to defend their title in FIA F3, most expected a move to FIA F2 was imminent with Mick Schumacher set to leave for Prema for a seat in F1 with Haas. Although the latter is yet to be confirmed it has now been confirmed that Oscar will replace Mick in 2021 as he attempts to take his third title win in as many years!

It seems as if Oscar is now just a season or to two away from the big time where he could follow in the footsteps of former Arden drivers who have gone on to F1 including, Pierre Gasly, Carlos Sainz, Danil Kvyat, Sergio Perez, Jolyon Palmer, Alexander Rossi, Sebastian Buemi, Bruno Senna and Heikki Kovalainen.

Oscar Piastri: "I'm super excited to be racing with Prema in the 2021 FIA Formula 2 Championship. We had a very successful 2020 season, winning the Formula 3 championship together, and I’m hoping for another successful year with them. Prema has proven to be the team to beat once again in F2 this year, so I’m extremely happy to be moving into the championship with them. I’m very grateful to stay a part of the Prema family, and I’m looking forward to plenty more pizza and pasta!”

The FIA F2 season will take place over eight rounds with the season opener taking place in Bahrain on the 26th-28th March. From there the championship will travel to Monaco, Baku, Silverstone, Monza, Sochi, Jeddah and Abu Dhabi.