You may now know the 19 year old Australian born driver as the FIA Formula 3 Champion 2020 or the Formula Renault Eurocup Champion 2019, but where did the rookie come from prior to his best two years in his racing history?
Oscar started his career like many other drivers, competing in karting. He started karting professionally in 2014, being around 13 years of age. Immediately, he was already having a great amount of success, finishing 3rd in IAME International Final in the X30 Junior category, followed by 2nd in the Australian National Sprint Kart Championship, driving in the Junior Clubman section. And then, he finished 3rd in the Australian Kart Championship, driving a KF3 kart.
He made his move to single seaters in 2016 where he joined Dragon F4 where he went onto compete in the 2016-17 Formula 4 UEA Championship. Out of his eleven races, he stood on the podium twice and finished the championship in fourth. He then went on to compete in the Formula Renault 2.0 NEC with Arden where he completed two races and placed 18th. His third and final championship in 2017 was the F4 British Championship, powered by Ford, where he took his best result as runner up in the championship. In his 30 races, he took 15 podiums and 6 wins. For 2018, he completed his first year in the Formula Renault Eurocup with Arden where he took 3 podiums but finished 8th in the standings. He also raced in the Formula Renault NEC but wasn’t illegible for points. In 2019, he completed his second year in Formula Renault Eurocup where he was crowned champion with eleven podiums, of which seven were wins and five pole positions.
Piastri debuted in FIA Formula 3 in the 2020 season where he joined Prema in car number one. He raced alongside fellow rookie Frederik Vesti in car number three and returning driver Logan Sargeant in car number two. Out of 18 races, he took 2 wins and a further 4 podiums where he accumulated 163 points, two points ahead of runner up Theo Pourchaire, and took the championship during the last race of the season in Mugello.
After his incredible year, we hope to see him make the move up to Formula 2 for his 2021 season. With Schumacher almost guaranteed a seat in Formula 1 next year, a seat in Prema is definitely up for grabs and the Italian team won’t be wanting to get rid of the talented driver that is, Oscar Piastri.
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