Oscar Piastri clinches Formula 2 championship in Abu Dhabi | Why no F1 chance for 2022?

Oscar Piastri wins the third junior championship in three years, winning the F2 title with two races to spare in Abu Dhabi; Piastri, 20, impressed this year, but unlike many previous champions he won’t make the leap to F1 the following season

Last updated: 11/21/21 9:59 am

Oscar Piastri was crowned 2021 Formula 2 champion with two races to go in Abu Dhabi.

After a string of impressive results, Piastri, 20, went to Sprint Race 1 on Saturday only to finish fifth, but sealed his title with a podium ahead of his title rival and teammate Robert Shwartzman in fourth. .

Jehan Daruvala won the race with Felipe Drugovich second.

By winning the title, Piastri followed in the footsteps of illustrious companies such as George Russell and Charles Leclerc and like those graduates enjoyed a dominant youth career.

This is Piastri’s third championship in three years.

However, while highly regarded and part of a junior F1 academy in Alpine, the Australian will not be on the F1 grid in 2022.

Previous champions GP2 / F2

Year Driver Did you get to F1?
2005 (GP2) Nico Rosberg Yes
2006 (GP2) Lewis Hamilton Yes
2007 (GP2) Timo Glock Yes
2008 (GP2) Giorgio Pantano Yes
2009 (GP2) Nico Hulkenberg Yes
2010 (GP2) Maldonado shepherd Yes
2011 (GP2) Romain Grosjean Yes
2012 (GP2) Davide Valsecchi No
2013 (GP2) Fabio Leimer No
2014 (GP2) Jolyon Palmer Yes
2015 (GP2) Stoffel Vandoorne Yes
2016 (GP2) Pierre Gasly Yes
2017 (F2) Charles Leclerc Yes
2018 (F2) George Russell Yes
2019 (F2) Nyck De Vries No
2020 (F2) Mick Schumacher Yes

It was considered for the Alfa Romeo seat, the last to be occupied, although it was ultimately overlooked in favor of fellow Alpine junior and current F2 driver Guanyu Zhou.

Alfa Romeo admitted that the financial support of Zhou, who will be the first Chinese F1 driver, was “a pillar of the decision”.

Unauthorized to compete in the F2 feeder series again after becoming champion, Piastri will instead spend 2022 focusing on being Alpine’s official F1 reserve driver, behind Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon.


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