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Piastri to take part in Abu Dhabi test

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07/12/2021

Alpine's 2022 reserve driver, Oscar Piastri will make his debut with the French team at next week's Young Driver test.

The Alpine Academy driver will begin his transition to the next level of global motorsport at the end-of-season Young Driver Test at the Yas Marina Circuit, with a day behind the wheel of the race winning A521 car driven by Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon this season.

Alonso and Ocon will also be on track post-season as they get to grips with the new 18" Pirelli tyres in the two-year-old R.S.18 during two days of Pirelli tyre testing. Ocon will get behind the wheel on day one with Alonso taking over for day two.

Piastri is the current Formula 2 championship leader going into the final round of the season at Abu Dhabi. He has taken five victories this season and his consistent points-scoring finishes have given him a 51.5-point advantage over PREMA Racing team-mate Robert Shwartzman heading into the final round.

"I'm very excited to drive in the test," said Piastri. "It's almost like my first official day in my new job for next year when I become the team's reserve driver.

"Any day in an F1 car is pretty special but to drive the current one with other drivers on track in a somewhat competitive environment is very cool. Thanks to the team for this opportunity, I'm certainly looking forward to it and working through a very full testing programme on the day."

"Oscar has had a fantastic Formula 2 season this year, again showing his class," added Alpine CEO, Laurent Rossi, "and this test appearance is well earned.

"This test will be part of Oscar's ongoing development as he prepares to become the team's Reserve Driver for 2022, to aid and assist Fernando and Esteban and our development teams on and off the track.

"In parallel, as Oscar gets up to speed with the current car, we will already be looking forward to 2022 with our current drivers as they experience the new 18" tyres for next year. It's a good opportunity for us to learn in preparation for the challenges of the next year on all fronts."

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1. Posted by kenji, 08/12/2021 2:40

"With so many exciting new young talents on the horizon it becomes difficult to see how many of them will progress. What particularly rankles is that the same old same old 'financial' considerations ' are in place.Maybe it's time for something new that brings some parity to opportunity. Maybe there could be an FIA controlled 'sponsor bank' whereby sponsors could contribute fixed sums to the FIA and those fixed amount funds be provided to teams that take on a 'rookie' for their first year. The amounts that have been bandied about as accompanying Zhou are over the top. It would be interesting if the sources could be exposed..."Belt and Road' as a possible example."

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