Good news for Australian motorsport as Oscar Piastri has been announced as reserve driver for Alpine in F1, but who are his parents? Which F1 race winner is guiding Piastri through the junior ranks?
Oscar Piastri has signed by the Alpine F1 squad to be its reserve driver in the 2022 season.
He will shadow Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon.
The Australian is a member of the Alpine F1 Academy, and this deal will include intensive preparation for a potential 2023 race seat in F1.
Currently leading the F2 standings with two rounds of the season remaining, Piastri could find himself on the sidelines in 2022 if he wins the title.
F2 champions are not allowed to defend their title.
They must move on, usually to F1, but in Piastri’s case this will not happen.
He was in contention for the final vacant seat on the 2022 grid at Alfa Romeo.
However, that has gone to fellow Academy member Guanyu Zhou instead.
Who are Piastri’s parents,, what has he won before and which ex-Red Bull driver is guiding him through the ranks?
Oscar Piastri parents revealed
Born in Melbourne in April 2001, Piastri’s rise through the ranks of motorsport has been swift, yet mightily impressive.
As the ladder to F1 is very European-based with junior single-seater championships all over the place, Piastri moved to Europe in 2015.
This followed the usual period of go-karting back in Australia.
Oscar’s parents are Chris and Nicole Piastri, who have helped him rise through the ranks.
It was his father Chris who introduced Oscar to go-karts and helped him as he was starting out his racing career.
Like most father/son racing duos, Chris was Oscar’s mechanic during these early days.
What has Piastri won in his career?
With the help of his family and parents, Piastri has had quite a rise in the last couple of years – stepping up to F2 for 2021.
In 2018, he won the Formula Renault Eurocup – an important championship on the way to F1.
In the championship’s previous guise, the likes of Valtteri Bottas (2008), Pierre Gasly (2013) and Lando Norris (2016) all claimed the title.
He then stepped up to the F1 support bill, signing for junior single-seater powerhouse Prema Racing for the 2020 F3 season.
It was around this time that Piastri became a member of what is now the Alpine Academy.
He clinched the F3 title at the first attempt with two wins and four further podiums.
Piastri narrowly pipped fellow rookie Theo Pourchaire to the title by just three points.
Pourchaire took 19 points out of Piastri over the final round at Mugello, but fell narrowly short.
Stepping up to F2 with Prema in 2021, Piastri has three wins and four further podiums to his name.
He leads the standings with 178 points, 36 ahead of Zhou with just the Saudi Arabian and Abu Dhabi rounds remaining.
Who advises Piastri?
As Australia’s next great F1 hope, Piastri is managed by one of Australia’s greatest racing exports.
Mark Webber competed in F1 between 2001 and 2013, winning nine times for Red Bull alongside Sebastian Vettel.
He should have won the 2010 world title, but a crash in the rain in Korea reduced his chances as Vettel swept in at the death.
Webber is Piastri’s manager, and is responsible for finding his client seats.
Should 20-year-old Piastri make it to F1, he would follow the likes of world champions Sir Jack Brabham and Alan Jones.