UPDATE: OSCAR PIASTRI
Oscar Piastri is gunning for this year’s British F4 Championship, a championship which saw Aussie pair Luis Leeds and Zane Goddard gun for race victories and Pole Positions, as Leeds nearly took the title.
Piastri has just finished a stint in the UAE F4 Championship where he is currently placed in fourth position, but unfortunately he is unable to compete at the final round this weekend due to testing in Britain.
Testing has shown that Piastri will be a strong contender for the British title, but according to father Chris Piastri, the real test has been to acclimatise to the conditions and the nature of racetracks in Britain.
“There is some skill to knowing the track/tyre conditions to truly judge your pace at these tests days,” Chris told AA. “At Donington one of his new tyre runs was red flagged after just a lap or two which is not much fun, overall though most sessions he is at or near the top of the timesheet. Also, in the wet he seems very fast which is always a good sign.
“Another challenge is that most of these tracks are new to him, however he has done simulator time prior to most of these official test days which helps a lot.”
Piastri’s test results have seen him finish second at Oulton Park, fourth at Donington Park and another test is set to take place tonight at Brands Hatch.
The team that will run Piastri is the experienced Arden team, headed by Christian Horner and the team that Leeds drove with last year.
“The feedback from Arden has been really good so far,” said Chris. “They are happy with the speed and the progress. Oscar and his race engineer are working very well together and confidence is high for the season ahead.”
Piastri starts his campaign in April and you can keep up to date with his and other overseas drivers in Auto Action.
Date posted: March 8, 2017