Oscar Piastri, the rider with Italian origins who starts eighth at the Arabian GP
There is an Italian name in the fourth row at the Saudi Arabian GP. Is that of Oscar Piastri, an Australian pilot with clear Italian origins: his paternal family is Tuscan, his great-grandfather Giovanni emigrated to Australia. Born in Melbourne, class of 2001, raised in East Brighton, Plates he has already been champion of Formula 3 in 2020 and Formula 2 in 2021.
Oscar Piastri and his debut with karts
Oscar Piastri started racing karts in 2011, in 2016 he landed in Europe in the UAE Formula 4 championship and finished eighth. In 2017, noticed by Chris Horner's Arden International, he moved to the British Formula 4 championship: six race wins and second place in the final standings. In 2019 he is in Formula Renault: with the R-ace Gp team he wins the category ahead of Victor Martins thanks to seven victories and four podiums and he never stops from there: in 2020 he is then champion in Formula 3 with Prema and in 2021 , always at the wheel of the Italian team, also triumphs in Formula 2.
The case of the Alpine contract
In 2020 Piastri announces the signing with Jam Sports Management of Max Webber, a former F1 driver. But it will be a quite sensational denial that will bring him to the center of the drivers' market. It happened on August 2nd that Alpine, the Renault group team, announced that they had chosen him to replace Fernando Alonso (who would have moved on to Aston Martin). The press release transmits enthusiasm: "After four years with the Renault and Alpine family - says the post of the French team - the reserve driver Oscar Piastri has been promoted alongside Esteban Ocon, starting from 2023". Everyone happy? Toasts? On the contrary: a couple of hours later, the young driver posted on Twitter, and sensationally denied the news: "Without my agreement, Alpine F1 has issued a press release in which it is written that I will race for them, next year. That's not correct and I haven't signed a contract with Alpine for 2023. I won't be driving for Alpine next year." And in fact he then accepted the McLaren seat. Which, today, is paying off with the Gedda exploit. We will see what happens in the race tomorrow.