The Alpine F1 Team has confirmed Oscar Piastri will graduate from the Alpine Academy to become their official Reserve Driver from 2022.
The twenty-year-old driver joined the Academy in 2020, off the back of winning the Formula Renault Eurocup title in 2019. He stepped up to the FIA Formula 3 Championship™️ in 2020 and won the title as a rookie in stunning fashion.
This year Oscar has taken the FIA Formula 2 Championship™️ by storm, catching the eye of the Formula 1®️ paddock with his three wins, seven podiums and three pole positions, which he achieved at three consecutive races.
The Melbournian currently leads the Formula 2 Championship™️ with two remaining rounds to go in the season. Should he win this year's title, he will join George Russell and Charles Leclerc as the only drivers to win back-to-back Formula 3®️ (GP3) and Formula 2®️ titles as rookies.
In 2022, Oscar will have an extensive testing programme to continue his preparation and training for a future Formula 1®️ race seat in his Reserve Driver role.
The Alpine Academy was established in 2016 by Alpine F1 Team's predecessors, Renault F1 Team, to identify and nurture young talent from the junior categories of motorsport through to Formula 1®️.
Oscar Piastri: "I'm super excited to be joining Alpine F1 Team as Reserve Driver. I'm looking forward to being much more involved with the team and contributing to its intended success next season.
"The Reserve Driver role is the next step towards my aim for a race seat in 2023, which is very exciting. I've proved myself in the junior formulas over the fast couple of years and feel like I'm ready for Formula 1 now along with the trackside experience al race weekends, we will put together a substantial test programme in order to keep developing myself to grow even more prepared for a race seal.
"I'm very thankful to Alpine for their support. We've enjoyed two very successful seasons together in the Academy, and I'm grateful for the faith they've put in me for this next step with an eye on a bigger future. My focus now is finishing the Formula 2 Championship in the best possible way with Prema, and I'm looking forward to being back in the car and pushing hard on track."