Piastri set to take time off from F1 2022, aiming for 2023 racing seat

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The FIA ​​Formula 2 championship leader, who is a member of the Alpine Academy, is currently without a seat for next year if he wins the F2 title.

With only one F1 seat available from Alfa Romeo, which Piastri says he is “not very confident about”, the Australian is instead focusing his attention on securing the role of Alpine reserve driver for next season.

But he says if he was forced to spend more than a year out of a racing environment there would be “serious discussions about what I’m doing to get ahead.”

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Speaking to TBEN, Piastri said: “Looking ahead, this Alfa seat, I’m not very confident about it.

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“Actually the most logical course is to try to be a reserve pilot for Alpine for next year and put a lot of hours into the simulation and really work with the team to try to get a seat in 2023.

“I would be okay with spending a year on the sidelines, I think. Obviously it’s still not ideal, but it has happened to quite a few pilots.

“That one I can accept, but if it looked like over a year old, then there was some serious talk about what I’m doing to move forward.

“The goal would definitely be to try to be a reserve pilot at Alpine and then aim for a 2023 season. Considering the way the cards have been played this year, I think that’s the most realistic target. now. “

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Oscar Piastri, Prema Racing, 1st position, with his trophy

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The F2 rookie, who won pole for the Sochi race on Friday, says part of the problem is that he has exceeded both his own and Alpine’s expectations.

He had originally planned to race in Formula 3 for two years before doing the same in F2, but won F3 in his rookie season and looks set to accomplish the same feat in F2 – a feat previously achieved by Charles Leclerc and George Russell.

“I think I surprised myself how well everything turned out to be honest,” said Piastri, who is led by nine-time Grand Prix winner Mark Webber.

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“Of course, if this surprises me and I know more or less what I can do, then I think it will naturally surprise a few other people as well.

“The initial plan, even when I entered F3, was two years F3 and two years F2. And F3 obviously went better than expected and F2 is probably also going better than expected.

“I’m not trying to sound arrogant, but there are very few drivers who have done what I’ve done and what I’m doing.

“George and Charles are sort of the only two to have suffered the same fate. So, without being mistaken, this is not a very common situation.