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Renault junior Piastri aiming to win Formula 2 in first year

Reigning FIA Formula 3 champion Oscar Piastri wants to emulate the likes of George Russell and Charles Leclerc by winning the FIA Formula 2 in his first season

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Australian driver Oscar Piastri has won back to back titles in his last two years. The current Renault junior is aiming to make it a hattrick by winning the 2021 Formula 2 championship.

Piastri turned heads in 2019 when he won the Formula Renault Eurocup title, the Australian driver then marked himself as a future F1 star by winning the FIA Formula 3 championship in 2020 in what was his rookie campaign. The Renault driver, who will race for Prema Powerteam wants to add a third title in 2021.

“I think it’s a very important year," Piastri told Speedcafe.com.

"Obviously, I’ve got the momentum with me at the moment off the back of two championships, so if I can add a third in a row, then I think that’s only going to put me in good stead.

“In saying that, I’m expecting it to be a very challenging year. I think the grid this year is extremely competitive. And stepping up to F2 in itself is no easy task."

As a Renault junior, Piastri will be looking ideally towards joining the Alpine F1 team. With Alonso signing a two-year contract, the Australian believes that the timing might work in his favour.

“I think that that timing could work out very well,” Piastri said.

"There’s a few dominoes to fall into place.”

"If I do go out and win F2 this year, then that would be three championships in a row. So I don’t really know what more I could do than that.

“But obviously we all know that F1, there’s not just skill involved; obviously timing is a massive part of that as well.

Piastri also highlights how competitive securing a seat at Alpine will prove to be.

"But in saying that, I’ve also got two other guys in the Renault Academy also in F2 with me, so I can’t rely on that to simply get me into F1," Piastri said.

“Obviously, I’m expecting both (Guanyu) Zhou and Christian (Lundgaard) to be strong in F2 this year.

“I believe that if you are extremely successful on track, then you can almost make your own timing.

“That’s sort of the mentality I’m taking.

“I would like to think that if I’m successful on track, then that’s obviously going to be the most important factor,” he added.

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