The last season of Formula 2 awarded the Australian Oscar Piastri as the new champion of the category, immediately followed in the standings by the Russian Robert Shwartzman. Paradoxically, the top two finishers in the Formula 1 cadet series will not have the opportunity to make their debut in the Circus 2022, at least as official drivers. While Piastri will continue his experience with the Alpine, limiting himself, however, to the role of test driver and reserve driver, the situation is even more complicated for the now former standard-bearer of the Prema. The latter, in fact, had already announced that he wanted to leave F2 right at the end of the last season, confirming the desire not to want to continue in this series: “I can confirm – he said in December – that this was my last year in F2. What I will do next year is not yet certain, and it is all unknown even to me. I have some wishes and ideas, but they haven’t materialized yet. About my future I can’t really say anything now, why, I do not know him. So, the only confirmation I can give you is that I will not participate in F2, and this was my last year with Prema. It has been a great journey that lasted four years with this team, from 2018 to today ”.
With the line-up already complete for the 2022 Formula 1 season – which will see only Guanyu Zhou making the transition from F2 to the Circus, with Alfa Romeo – Shwartzman’s main objective is therefore aimed at 2023, the year in which he hopes to be able to make his debut among the ‘greats’, exactly as Piastri will want to do. The 22-year-old Russian, moreover, will prepare to realize this dream with the opportunity to carry out further test for Ferrari after the post-seasonal ones already completed in December in Abu Dhabi, where he had divided his work between Prancing Horse and the Haas. The member of the Ferrari Driver Academy he specified his ambitions as follows: “We will see what the future holds – he added – but I can say that the my goal and my attention it will always be towards Formula 1, and I will concentrate on everything inherent to the latter. I just hope to have the opportunity, in a year, to finally arrive on the starting grid to race and fight against the Circus riders ”.
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