Alumni Success: Oscar Piastri take FIA Formula 3 crown in 2020

September 16, 2020

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It was a weekend of unbelievable success for our very own #YRDAlumni Driver Oscar Piastri, who took top honours and became FIA F3 World Champion.

In a compressed season spread over 9 weekends in an 11 weekend period the Ex-Arden superstar had a tough season ahead if he was to achieve the dream of world champion.  Heading into the year as Formula Renault Eurocup champion after an amazing 2019 season, Piastri never took his eyes off the prize and made his intentions clear in front of the Formula 1 paddock taking a superb victory at round one of the season.

As the season progressed from Austria, to Hungary and then to Silverstone, Oscars outstanding form continued as he added more and more points to his tally and kept his nearest three rivals honest as the title race emerged. It was clear Oscar wasn’t going to settle for anything less as the final 2 rounds of the championship neared in Italy.

Monza saw arguably the race of the season for Piastri driving from P15 after an unfortunate qualifying to P3 an outstanding drive in one of the most challenging F3 seasons to date.  However race two and a DNF meant the title fight with six contenders was going down to the wire at the Tuscan GP at the Mugello Circuit.

The season finale brought anticipation and excitement as 6 of the best junior drivers in the world were ready to battle.  A difficult qualifying and P11 in race one meant heading into the final race of 2020, Piastri and teammate Sargent were tied on points and third place close behind meant all the pressure was on and all was to play for.

After a phenomenal race and recovery from 11th to 6th Piastri’s dream became a reality and added the title of FIA Formula 3 world champion.

A proud moment for the YRDA also as Oscar becomes our first F3 World champion and continues his charge towards the goal of Formula one and a future of success.