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Oscar Piastri set to make Formula 1® drive debut in post-season test


The Australian will drive for Alpine in the rookie test.

The good news keeps coming for Australian young gun Oscar Piastri who was confirmed overnight to be taking part in the post-season rookie test for Alpine.

Piastri has only just been confirmed as Alpine’s reserve driver for next season and currently leads the Formula 2® title battle by 51.5 points going into the season’s final round.


The young driver test will occur at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, the Tuesday following the final race weekend of the year.

The 20-year-old will be behind the wheel of the race-winning A521 car driven this season by Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon.

“I’m very excited to drive in the Young Driver Test. It’s almost like my first official day in my new job for next year when I become the Team’s Reserve Driver,” Piastri said.

“Any day in an F1 car is pretty special but to drive the current one with other drivers on track in a somewhat competitive environment is very cool. Thanks to the team for this opportunity, I’m certainly looking forward to it and working through a very full testing programme on the day.”

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Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi has praised Oscar’s F2® season and is keen to start the Australian’s F1® career.

“This test will be part of Oscar’s ongoing development as he prepares to become the team’s Reserve Driver for 2022,” he said.

“It’s a good opportunity for us to learn in preparation for the challenges of the next year on all fronts.”