Arriving in Abu Dhabi 51.5 points ahead of his Prima teammate Robert Schwartzman, Oscar Piastre needed only fifth place in the opening weekend race in Abu Dhabi to win the Formula 2 world title. The Australian performed even better when he finished third on the podium The coronation, behind Jihan Darovala (Karelin) and Felipe Drogovic (Uni-Virtusi).
Biastri got off to a great start. Starting in 10th, he was already 6th in the first corner after slipping between several cars. He then did a waiting sprint behind his teammate and last title contender, Schwartzman. The two men passed Dan Ticktum and then Liam Lawson and with three laps remaining, in his first attack, Piastre overtook the Russian to take the podium. France’s Théo Pourchaire was ranked seventh.
After the Formula Renault title in 2019, and then the F3 title last season, the 20-year-old Australian, who is managed by former Formula 1 driver Mark Webber, continues with his third crown. He won’t be able to stay in F2 because the class champion can’t defend his title. But he won’t start in Formula 1 either and will have to settle for the third driver position in Alpine, much to the chagrin of his fans.
He succeeds the F2 winners to Charles Leclerc, the 2017 champion, George Russell (2018), Nyck de Vries (2019) and Mick Schumacher (2020).
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