Oscar Piastri Is Closing In On A Deal To Debut With Williams F1
— 15 June 2022

Oscar Piastri Is Closing In On A Deal To Debut With Williams F1

— 15 June 2022
Garry Lu
Garry Lu

UPDATE [15/06/22]: The paddock rumour mill has been working overtime after Oscar Piastri reportedly had a seat fitting at Grove with Williams F1 – his fourth team fitting this year alongside Alpine, McLaren, and Mercedes.

The reigning Formula 2 champion from Melbourne is poised to replace the lacklustre Nicholas Latifi, the latter of whom has performed in spectacularly underwhelming fashion recently (failing to register a single point since the 2021 Belgium Grand Prix).

“I definitely feel I’m under pressure, that will be the same for any driver who doesn’t have a contract for the following year,” Nicholas Latifi recently told The Race.

Fellow Aussie motorsport talent Jack Doohan – son of MotoGP champion Mick Doohan – is also believed to be stepping up at Alpine in a reserve driver role while juggling his own F2 commitments.

What has yet to be determined, however, is the “when.”

Some publications have asserted Oscar Piastri will finally be making his Formula 1 debut with Williams at Silverstone during the 2022 British Grand Prix; thereby booting Latifi after he races one last time on home turf during the 2022 Canadian Grand Prix. Piastri himself recently posted the Instagram story below, further stoking the fires of speculation.

Other publications have merely stated this development is simply being actioned ahead of the 2022 Formula 1 season. It’s also worth noting Latifi’s contract expires at the close of this year anyway. Might as well let the old boy run the tank out.

Either way, the grid just got a little more interesting.

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Original Article – Williams Is Apparently Keen To Give Oscar Piastri A Formula 1 Seat

Amidst the news of a possible mid-season driver change which was first reported by Spanish Formula 1 journalist, Albert Fabrega, Sky Sports’ Ted Kravitz has shed light on the latest paddock rumours surrounding Oscar Piastri and Williams F1.

“I know I said you might see Oscar Piastri potentially at Aston Martin, but it seems I was wrong about that, and actually, Oscar Piastri/Alpine are looking at Williams potentially as a place for him next year,” Ted Kravitz revealed after the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix (via his post-race Ted’s Notebook).

“I don’t know if that will be in place of Alex Albon or Nicholas Latifi as both are very happy and ensconced within this team at Williams, but it’s one to look out for later in the season.”

The Aussie young gun who won the F3 and F2 championships in consecutive years was sadly overlooked for a place on the grid ahead of the 2022 season. Since then, the 21-year-old Melbourne native has been on the sidelines as a reserve and development driver for Alpine – which he’s affiliated with through the Renault Academy – and just last month, Piastri took on the very same duties with McLaren F1 through a newly-inked deal.

“In the spirit of offering maximum racing opportunities to our stable of young talent,” Alpine F1 expressed via statement.

“We have agreed that McLaren may call upon BWT Alpine F1 Team Reserve Driver Oscar Piastri in the event one of their drivers is unable to race.”

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Given how Alpine F1 has extended Esteban Ocon’s contract until 2024 and will apparently look to sign two-time world champion Fernando Alonso for another two years, reports are now indicating a loan agreement between the French team and Williams F1 with Oscar Piastri could be on the cards.

“If it’s a solution that allows me to get him back at some point, I might think about it. I’m not opposed to the solution,” Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi explained when prompted about Williams F1 enlisting Oscar Piastri’s services.

“You understand I want to develop Oscar – I don’t want to leave him sitting on the bench waiting forever.”

While Kravtiz diplomatically phrased his tidbit to avoid stating the glaringly obvious about whether Alex Albon or Nicholas Latifi will face the chopping block at Williams F1, scrapping the latter and signing Oscar Piastri is the logical choice.

The Canadian driver has consistently been outperformed by his teammates – former Red Bull Albon this season, Mercedes’ George Russell before that – and has recently raised questions about whether he truly deserves a seat at Formula 1. Throughout Latifi’s three seasons in motorsport’s elite tier of competition, he’s only managed to accrue a grand total of seven points – and the mistakes are beginning to pile up.

Oscar Piastri Williams F1 Nicholas Latifi Crash

As pointed out by veteran F1 journalist Joe Saward, however, there is one last obstacle standing in the way between Oscar Piastri finally making his debut. With Mercedes exiting Formula E, it frees up the competition’s reigning king and 2019 F2 champion, Nyck de Vries, who Williams might consider a stronger candidate.

“The team is happy to take young drivers who might go on to better things, but it also wants to build up its own driver squad,” writes Joe Saward.

“In this respect, Oscar Piastri does not fit in and the team would be better off going with Nyck de Vries.”

The prospect of seeing two local boys racing at the Australian Grand Prix next season is certainly tasty. Picture it now. Daniel Ricciardo vs Oscar Piastri. Australian driver vs Australian driver.

In the meantime, we’ll just have to wait and see how it all unfolds later in the season.

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Garry Lu
After stretching his legs with companies such as The Motley Fool and the odd marketing agency, Garry joined Boss Hunting in 2019 as a fully-fledged Content Specialist. In 2021, he was promoted to News Editor. Garry proudly retains a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, black bruises from Muay Thai, as well as a black belt in all things pop culture. Drop him a line at [email protected]


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