How Piastri could be forced to spend 2022 on the bench
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How Piastri could be forced to spend 2022 on the bench

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Tipped as the next big thing after winning the FIA Formula 3 championship in his rookie season, Oscar Piastri has taken Formula 2 by storm and looks set to clinch that title too. But with no Formula 1 seat available to him for next year, the Alpine junior may have to wait for his time in the spotlight…

Rarely do rookies win consecutive championships in FIA Formula 3 and Formula 2. Formula 1 standouts Charles Leclerc and George Russell did just that, but such is the level of skill it takes to hit the ground running and beat competitors with far more experience. Piastri looks set to join that elite group if he can secure this year's F2 crown, which he leads by 15 points heading into this weekend's Sochi round.

But where Leclerc and Russell walked into F1 seats the year after their 2017 and 2018 F2 title wins with Alfa Romeo and Williams respectively, there appears to be no such opening for Alpine junior Piastri next year, with the only vacant seat at the Ferrari-affiliated Alfa Romeo squad.

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