Piastri: Chances of securing 2022 Alfa seat 'basically none'

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Piastri: Chances of securing 2022 Alfa seat 'basically none'

F2 championship leader Oscar Piastri is rumored to be in the running for a seat in F1 with Alfa Romeo in 2022, but the young Aussie insists his chances of securing the drive are "basically none".

Piastri, who graduated to Formula 2 after winning last year's FIA Formula 3 Championship, is in the midst of an outstanding first season in the category.

The 20-year-old currently leads fellow Alpine junior Guanyu Zhou with two rounds to go in the series. And the young charger's performances have reportedly put him on the radar of Alfa Romeo which has yet to nominate the driver that will race alongside new recruit Valtteri Bottas next season.

Piastri's manager, former F1 driver Mark Webber, alluded to his protégé's potential chances of joining the Swiss outfit in 2022, although he also admitted that Alpine would perhaps be reluctant to part with Piastri's talent.

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As far as the latter is concerned, his chances of joining the grid next season in F1 with Alfa Romeo are remote.

"My chances of being in F1 next year are extremely low, I think basically none," he said in an interview posted on his own website.

"I know [Guanyu] Zhou has been very heavily linked to that seat and also Giovinazzi is there at the moment.

"I don’t think I’m going to be in that seat at all, I think it is the only opportunity for next year. I’d be happily surprised if it was me in that seat for next year."

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Securing the F2 title in Abu Dhabi at the end of the season would preclude Piastri from undertaking a second season in the junior class, which begs the question of how the young talent would occupy his year.

Formula 1's expected new rule that should mandate all teams to run a junior driver in at least two FP1 sessions would offer Piastri some F1 mileage with Alpine in 2022 as well as a reserve driver role.

"I think the most realistic target and goal is to be Alpine’s reserve for next year," he confirmed.

"Because at the end of the day I am still very heavily linked with them and very appreciative of their support, and I think that is reciprocated.

"So I think the most logical step is to try to become reserve driver for next year and see what kind of programme we can come up with for next year, and hopefully do some testing and FP1 sessions.

"And then try to get into an F1 seat for the following year for 2023."

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Hamilton will 'work harder' to fend off Russell challenge

Lewis Hamilton expects George Russell to stake his claim with Mercedes next season, but the seven-time world champion... The post Hamilton will 'work harder' to fend off Russell challenge appeared first on F1i.com.

Hamilton will 'work harder' to fend off Russell challenge

Lewis Hamilton expects George Russell to stake his claim with Mercedes next season, but the seven-time world champion is determined "to work harder" to fend off his future teammate's ambitions.

Russell will replace Valtteri Bottas at Mercedes from 2022, a driver with whom Hamilton has enjoyed a trouble-free relationship in the past five seasons that has contributed to the Brackley succession of titles since 2017.

But for many, Russell's move to Mercedes will take the championship winning outfit's inner-team rivalry to a whole new level. Hamilton recently said that he expects his new teammate to "bring the heat", and the Briton reiterated that view in Turkey last weekend.

"George, I imagine, is going to be similar to me when I got to Formula 1," Hamilton told Channel 4. "He’s going to be hungry, he’s got everything to gain nothing to lose, throw everything and the kitchen sink at it.

"That’s what I would expect, he will get amazing support from our engineers, he’s got an amazing amount of support to be welcomed in, and we will try to work as team-mates.

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"There is respect there, but I know he is going to win races, I know he is going to be fast, I’m sure if we have got the package he will do a great job and there will be times where he is at the front and I’m okay with that.

"I’ll just work harder to make sure that it doesn’t happen."

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Depending on the outcome of this year's campaign, Hamilton could head into next season as a record eight-time world champion, with more than a century of wins under his belt.

But taking his track record to new levels won't erode his drive or motivation.

"For sure, for sure, it’s crazy to think that I have that many wins, it’s crazy to think we have these championships," he added.

"I’m still super driven, I heard Stefano Domenicali said someone is going to break my records at some stage, which is totally expected, records are there to be broken.

"But then I was like ‘I better win some more races’ [laughs], so then it just gave me more drive, I’ve got to get back out there and just keep pushing."

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