Oscar Piastri sent SHOCKWAVES through F1 with his bold Alpine snub but he has EVERY reason to back himself… the Australian has already emulated Hamilton and with Webber in his corner, the young gun is set to make a splash – but will he replace Ricciardo?

Certainties are always a rare commodity when it comes to the annual musical chairs event that is Formula One’s ‘silly season’. Could McLaren snap up Piastri as reserve driver for 2023 and then promote him once Ricciardo’s deal expires or will he look to secure a seat for next season?. Hamilton, Hulkenberg, Leclerc and Russell are the only drivers along with Piastri to win the Formula 3 and Formula 2 titles in consecutive seasons. His success in both feeder classes did not go unnoticed and the Australian was promoted to reserve driver in Formula One for the 2022 season. Piastri has already got a taste of a Formula One car by driving for Alpine during testing sessions, but admitted the role of reserve driver was nothing more than a stepping stone towards a place on the grid.

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