Renault representatives held three days of testing at the Sakhir International Circuit, giving Academy drivers Christian Lundgaard, Guanyu Zhou and Piastri a run to see if they would be spoiled for choice in cutting it in the French maker’s F1 car.
The 19-year-old is considered Australia’s next F1 candidate and is considered the best since Daniel Ricciardo. Piastri, who is headed by the Australian F1 legend Mark Webber, completed almost 500 kilometers of tests on the 5.4 km long track and could not hide his high spirits and fulfilled a childhood dream.
“That was pretty crazy – the Renault F1 car certainly filled the excitement,” said Piastri.
“I was a little nervous before, which is pretty normal, but after the first lap I got over with that and focused on going fast and having fun. I think I adapted pretty well and got up to speed pretty quickly. ”
“I really enjoyed the day, so a big thank you to Renault for this opportunity. I’m very happy to drive an F1 car, not everyone can do it, so a big thank you to you. ”
Speak with Broad world of sport In September, Piastri confirmed that his management team is discussing the next season with F2 teams. The decision will be announced in a few weeks.
There was a growing likelihood that Piastri would make it to a Formula One sooner rather than later, but Webber said advancing to the top division was a realistic goal for the Melburnian in 2023.
“Every year is a huge year, every race is a big deal for Oscar for the next few years,” Webber told News Corp.
“At the moment we have to be prepared for anything that affects his performance in the formula. There are a lot of seats that move and finding young fresh blood to deliver is something that matters. ”
“Although there are unfortunately a lot of wealthy fathers right now who are buying some teams, which isn’t helpful, hopefully the talent will only support him within Renault as Renault is a factory team and they want the best people in their cars.”
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