Who is Oscar Piastri?

Oscar Piastri

Jack Brabham. Alan Jones. Mark Webber. Daniel Ricciardo. Australia has had more than its fair share of Formula 1 success stories, and yet it could be about to have another: meet Oscar Piastri.

The 2020 Formula 3 champion, Piastri is a 19-year-old from Melbourne, Victoria. Here’s everything you need to know about the next great hope for Australian motorsport:

  • He was born on April 6, 2001 – almost a month after Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso made their F1 debuts.
  • He started karting only around 10 years old in 2011, but within two years was competing in national championships, before making the move to Europe in 2015
  • His first single-seater experience came in 2016 in UAE Formula 4, with a drive in British F4 the following year, where he came second in the championship
  • 2018 saw his first year in Formula Renault, winning the title at his second attempt in 2019 and getting himself signed to the Renault Sport Academy in January 2020 as a result
  • In March this year, he signed with JAM Sports Management, a company owned by the aforementioned Webber, who personally handles his affairs
  • Placed at Prema for the upcoming F3 season, he won the first race of season, the feature race in Austria
  • He would win once more at the sprint race in Barcelona, but also took six podiums
  • A championship fight that went down to the wire, he only earned the title with a trio of passes en route to P7 in the last race of the season at Mugello, finishing with 164 points to second-placed Theo Pourchaire of ART on 161, with Prema teammate Logan Sargeant a further point back
  • Interestingly, his title-campaign saw him go without a single pole position, while both Sargeant (three) and his other teammate Frederik Vesti (one) managed to do so
  • Never having the advantage of a first-place start, he instead made his mark with some superlative drives through the field. His P3 in the Monza feature race – where he started P15 – was a particular standout performance
  • His F3 win means he is looking for a drive in F2, with the most recent reports indicating he will stick with Prema, assuming either Mick Schumacher or Robert Schwartzman will be graduating to F1 at the end of the season
  • His favourite track is Spa
  • He is strongly against pineapple on pizza
  • The F1 drivers he looks up to are Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna, Lewis Hamilton and Daniel Ricciardo
  • His sim of choice is iRacing
  • Aside from English, he speaks “a bit” of French, some Japanese and some Italian