Winner of last year’s Formula 2 Championship, as well as the Formula 3 Championship the year before that, Piastri is one of the most promising drivers.
However, the 21-year-old was unable to land a coveted Formula 1 seat for this season, much to the annoyance of the driver and his many admirers, and instead the Australian is currently the reserve driver for the midfield team Alpine.
But according to Sky Sports F1 reporter Ted Kravitz, Piastri will get his chance in F1 next season, but not with Alpine.
“One of the latest rumors on the paddock is Williams’ interest in Oscar Piastri’s services,” Kravitz said after the closing of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix on Sunday.
‘This is for next year. I know, I said [recently] you can see Oscar Piastri potentially at Aston Martin, but it seems I was wrong and in fact Oscar Piastri / Alpine sees Williams potentially as a place for him next year.
‘I do not know if it will be in place of Alex Albon or Nicholas Latifi, as both are very happy and rooted in this team at Williams, but it’s something to look forward to later in the season.’
This report suggests that Piastri will be loaned out to Williams from Alpine until a spot becomes vacant on the French team.
Esteban Ocon, who won his and Alpine’s first F1 race in Hungary last year, currently has a contract until 2024, but double world champion Fernando Alonso may retire, for the second time, as early as the end of this year, if the car’s performance. does not improve significantly.
Loan moves in F1 are not uncommon, with current Mercedes driver George Russell on loan to Williams for three years to gain experience ahead of his promotion to the Silver Arrows this season.
Given how talented Piastri is, it’s understandable that Alpine are eager to hang on to him at all costs, but it’s still unknown whether Williams is willing to take on another short-term driver as they try to rebuild under new ownership.
However, both their drivers, Albon and Latifi, do not have a contract after the end of 2022, and given how the latter have struggled since their debut two years ago, Piastri may even find himself in an F1 seat before this year is out .
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