Oscar Piastri flying on GP3 debut

December 4, 2018

With the Formula Renault Eurocup season now a distant memory Oscar’s winter testing would continue this time bringing him to the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi to take part in the last ever GP3 Series test. As the Formula One paddock began it’s pack down GP3 took to the track and over the three-day test Oscar would spend time in both the Trident and Jenzer Motorsport cars.

In total each session would be complete with 20 drivers with most coming either from GP3, FIA F3 European or the Formula Renault Eurocup. It would give Oscar some tough competition over the three days, but also a chance to see how quick he could adapt to the car in comparison to some of his rivals from this year.

However, any signs of inexperience were quickly put to bed on day one with Oscar immediately putting in competitive times on day one. His quickest time in the morning session was a 1:55.702 which put him in 11th place. It also left him close to the likes of Logan Sargeant and Max Fewtrell, two drivers he has locked horns with throughout this season.

In the afternoon session Oscar went from being one second off the quickest time to just six tenths with an improvement of almost four tenths! It left Oscar 10th in the standings overall and 2nd of the Formula Renault graduates just 0.01 of a second off Sargeant. It ended a very productive and impressive first day with progress being made quicker than anyone could have expected.

Day two saw the injection of even more drivers for the Eurocup in the shape of Richard Verschoor, Yifei Ye and Christian Lundgaard. For days two and three Oscar would be switching from Trident Racing to Jenzer Motorsport so the morning session was taken to bed himself in although his times were still very impressive.

Feeling more and more confident Oscar came into his own in the afternoon of day two. One thing Oscar has always been good at throughout his career is getting up to speed quickly and that was shown as he went 4th quickest with a time of 1:55.085! It was a fantastic result leaving Oscar quicker than the likes of Niko Kari (2018 GP3 Series) and drivers who had beat him in this year’s Formula Renault Eurocup.

Overall Oscar was just three tenths off leading the way on the close of day two with people no doubt scratching their heads.

The third and final day was certainly Oscar’s best of the three-day test. Having shown his raw pace throughout day two he began to show it was no fluke in a hugely consistent day where he not only repeated but even bettered the result! Oscar started the day with 6th in the opening session setting a time of 1:55.511 before improving to a 1:55.249 in the afternoon taking yet another 4th place.

The improvement came in his gap to the leader which reduced to just two tenths around a circuit that is almost two minutes long in a GP3 car. Not bad for a rookie! It’s fair to say Oscar exceeded all expectations and if he’s not on everyone’s radar for next year, he certainly will be now.