Ocon confident Piastri will find F1 seat ‘shortly’

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Ocon confident Piastri will find F1 seat ‘shortly’

Esteban Ocon has predicted that extremely rated prospect and Alpine team-mate Oscar Piastri will quickly discover a seat in Method 1.

Having gained the Method 3 and Method 2 World Championships in consecutive years, the 21-year-old Australian seems to be like one of many brightest abilities to be on the precipice of the game.

He joined the Renault Sport Academy (later rebranded to the Alpine Academy) in 2020 and is spending the 2022 season as a reserve driver for each Alpine and McLaren.

His Alpine team-mate Esteban Ocon joked that if he does get an F1 seat, his expertise will make him “one of the best ready driver ever.”

“Oscar is a good man. I imply, he’s very concerned within the group, he’s going to have a terrific testing programme,” Ocon stated, as reported by motorsportweek.com.

“He’s going to be in all probability one of the best ready driver ever, with the take a look at programme that he’s bought at Alpine.

“I’m very certain he’s going to have a seat in Method 1 shortly. I don’t know the place within the paddock, however alternative comes for those who deserve it.

“And Oscar is certainly one of them. He’s gained all the main titles and he’s very skilled and devoted. So yeah, I’m certain you will note him round fairly quickly.”

It’s a sentiment shared by Ocon’s team-mate Fernando Alonso who stated he hoped the 21-year-old will discover a seat quickly.

“He’s a superb man, clearly very gifted, gained all of the junior classes till now, which clearly reveals that he has the expertise,” stated Alonso.

“[He’s] very skilled and hardworking on the simulator and on the manufacturing facility, in all our conferences. He’s nonetheless very younger. Hopefully he finds a seat quickly.”

Nonetheless, with each Ocon and Alonso trying prone to be with the group for the following few years, Alpine have conceded they might look to mortgage Piastri to a different group in an effort to get him race expertise.

“If it’s an answer that permits me to get him again sooner or later, I’d give it some thought, I’m not against the answer,” Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi stated as quoted by Motorsport.com.

“You perceive I wish to develop Oscar, I don’t wish to depart him sitting on the bench ready without end.

“He must be prepared when the day comes. And the day will come as a result of he’s very gifted, he’s very worthy of one of many high 20 seats right here. And I do consider he has the potential of being a future World Champion, I’m persuaded of that. So he must be educated as a lot as he can within the meantime.

“[Looking at a loan has] all the time been a parameter for all of us.”

 

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