Fresh off a thrilling Formula 3 World Championship, Melbourne’s Oscar Piastri will once again step up as he prepares to drive for Prema Racing in 2021.
But can he become just the third driver from Down Under to enter the Formula 1 stage?
On the promotion into the Prema Racing F2 seat for 2021, Piastri said he was delighted to move a step closer to F1.
“We had a very successful 2020 season, winning the Formula 3 championship together and I’m hoping for another successful year with them,” he said.
“Prema has proven to be the team to beat once again in F2 this year, so I’m extremely happy to be moving into the championship with them. I’m very grateful to stay a part of the Prema family, and I’m looking forward to plenty more pizza and pasta!”
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The Australian has been making his way up through the ranks after becoming a valued member of the Renault Sport Academy, winning the Formula Renault Eurocup in 2019 in the process.
Piastri’s success and winning streak continued this year when he won the FIA F3 title in his rookie season – despite his jovial battles with the DRS system on social media.
The young driver is managed by nine-time F1 Grand Prix winner Mark Webber – a partnership that began in March – and many pundits are now speculating whether or not Piastri will ‘go all the way’.
The Prema Driver would follow in the footsteps of his fellow countrymen Webber and Daniel Ricciardo.
Piastri is the first driver announced for the Prema Racing F2 team, inheriting the seat currently filled by championship leader Mick Schumacher who is expected to graduate to Formula One’s Haas team next year.
It is believed that the Renault junior driver will be joined alongside 2019 F3 champion Robert Shwartzman for the season – a strong line up going into the recently re-structured competition.