From the look, and above all from the words of Oscar Piastri it is clear that the list of candidates for the Alfa Romeo seat must be shortened. The Australian, in fact, gave a heavy clue about his immediate future: he sees no opportunity for 2022, and his goal has become 2023.
Piastri, despite complaining of less experience in Formula 2 being in his debut year, has 36 points of margin over Guanyu Zhou, which instead “grazes” in the category for three years without ever having won the championship. Both are from Alpine school and want to make their Formula 1 debut as soon as possible. The parent company, like almost all the teams, however, has both seats occupied for 2022. Only Alfa remains, which has not yet confirmed Antonio Giovinazzi and – from the latest news – the renewal of Italian is close to 0%. However, the problem remains Zhou, who in addition to bringing an interesting suitcase of sponsorships is attractive in terms of marketing for the entire Formula 1 movement, given that he would be the first Chinese driver in history.
Nonetheless, the Australian does not see any opening for next year: “My chances of landing in Formula 1 next year are extremely low, indeed basically I would say that there are none at all. Zhou was strongly associated with that seat, and Giovinazzi occupies it right now. Yes, I do not think at all that I will go to conquer that place. True, it is the only opportunity for next year, but I don’t think they will call me“He said on Jam Sports Management’s YouTube channel. “I would be happily surprised if that happens, but I believe that the most realistic goal is to become an Alpine reserve pilot next year, after all I am very attached to this team, I appreciate their support and I think the feeling is mutual. I think the most logical step for next year is to try to become a reserve driver and see what kind of program he can be involved in: I hope in tests and some PL1, and then go to Formula 1 from 2023. I’m not happy to have to. wait a year, but I would. Surely, I wouldn’t wait two years, in 2023 I want to make my debut in Formula 1“.