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    “2022 will not be wasted yr” as Alpine F1 reserve

    Piastri took a convincing F2 title in 2021 as a rookie, his third straight title in three years after beforehand conquering FIA F3 and the Components Renault Eurocup.

    However regardless of being tipped as one of many hottest abilities to return by the ranks in recent times, the 20-year-old Australian will spend the 2022 season with no race seat.

    As an alternative, the Alpine academy graduate will act because the F1 squad’s official reserve driver, splitting duties between the simulator and travelling to nearly all of the races.

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    It attracts parallels with Alpine race driver Esteban Ocon’s time as a reserve driver at Mercedes in 2019, earlier than establishing himself on the Enstone outfit in 2020 and incomes a three-year contract extension final season.

    Piastri says he “would not 100% rule out” a one-off race look although “extremely doubts” he’ll do a full season, however contends that 2022 will not be a wasted yr as he’s set to soak up an enormous quantity of data by working with Ocon and double F1 world champion Fernando Alonso.

    “I positively do not assume it is going to be a wasted yr,” Piastri replied when requested by Autosport how he can be approaching his 2022 programme.

    “It goes with out saying that I might have liked to have been on the grid, after all. However a variety of the issues I can decide up subsequent yr, just like the travelling schedule of an F1 season, having to adapt to that with out the stress of getting to truly drive is kind of helpful, I assume.

    “And listening to Fernando and Esteban additionally with a brand new automobile for subsequent yr, I can hearken to how the automobile’s creating and with all my work within the sim I can try to contribute to that.

    Piastri tested the 2021 Alpine following the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix last month

    Piastri examined the 2021 Alpine following the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix final month

    Photograph by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Photos

    Piastri, who is ready the take a look at the 2021 Alpine automobile at numerous factors throughout this season to help his preparations, acknowledged he would not need to be within the automobile to turn out to be a extra rounded driver and study to work with engineers at a Components 1 degree of element.

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    “There’s a variety of different issues outdoors of driving that make a profitable F1 driver,” he defined. 

    “Subsequent yr one of many essential elements of my position subsequent yr is to study as a lot as I can off Fernando and Esteban. Simply listening to the best way they go about issues, the best way they make recommendations to the engineers; the quantity of capability they’ve left to consider concepts and what to alter on the automobile outdoors of simply driving is spectacular.

    “And I feel that is the type of stuff that I can take ahead. That I do not must be bodily driving for. That is positively going to be an vital half within the subsequent yr.”

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