Oscar Piastri He started
Oscar Piastri He started this season off camera and, although he does not occupy a main seat in Formula 1, the role of the Australian has grown exponentially since Fernando Alonso announced his departure from Alpine a month and a half ago.
The arrival of the Asturian to Aston-Martin placed him as his substitute in the brand of Enstonebut the oceanic broke the idea of the team denying any possibility of this becoming official and, a few days later, announcing his commitment to McLaren.
However, this is not the only reason why Piastri is making waves in the paddock during the last times since now it is Christian Horner who has come on stage to publicly lament not having been able to hire the Alpine reserve.
Apparently, Red Bull had in mind to incorporate Piastri as a junior driver after his exceptional season in F3 in 2020, the year in which he won the title with great solvency. Since then, the growth of the Australian has been enormous until Alpine decided to make a place for him in his Academy, also placing him as one of the great jewels of it, and at the same time entering the list of options of the Austrian team facing to the future, even before Max Verstappen began to demonstrate his exceptional qualities behind the wheel.
In this sense, Homer has admitted that the brand made a serious mistake not betting on Oscar, despite the successes the team has had in recent years: “He drove for the Arden team in Formula 4 and Formula Renault and was obviously a significant talent. There was an opportunity for Red Bull to tie him down at the time and we didn’t go with that option, which is something I regret.. But what he managed to achieve is phenomenal, in Formula 3 and Formula 2″, in words collected by Crash.
It is worth mentioning that Red Bull has promoted young talent with the introduction of red bull (now Alpha Tauri) on the grid and subsequently giving opportunity to men like Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo, Verstappen himself or Pierre Gaslywho ends the contract and who could, precisely, be the Alonso’s replacement at Alpine.