Oscar Piastri has no doubts in his mind that he’ll get opportunities to drive in Formula 1 as long as he performs in Formula 2.
Piastri is heading into his first season in F2 with Prema Racing after winning the Formula 3 title in 2020 driving for the same team.
He’s one of three drivers in the category that is part of the Alpine academy, along with Guanyu Zhou and Christian Lundgaard.
While the other two are more experienced, Piastri is confident he can get a chance in F1 if he impresses this year.
“The academy has the R.S.18 testing program in place so that will still be running throughout the course of this year,” the Aussie told motorsport.com.
“If my results are good, and I know what I have to do, then yes there are F1 opportunities.
“There is nothing set in stone at the moment but I know there are chances for me to drive an F1 car again providing my results are good enough, so hopefully there are a few more F1 outings this year.”
The step up from F3 to F2 is considerable with the car being notoriously challenging to drive.
Despite this, while it depends on how his team fares, he’s still aiming to win the title, but knows it will be difficult.
“I think for my first result it depends on where we are as a team,” he added.
“If we have got the capabilities to win then I want to try and win and that is how the F3 season started, so I know I can do it. But if we have got the capability to finish 10th then I want to try and finish 10th or exceed what we thought was possible.
“It depends a lot on what sort of shape we are as a team because it is not just up to me to decide the result in this sport.
“I don’t really have any concrete things I want to achieve. Obviously I want to be fighting for race wins and hopefully the championship.
“Fighting for the title in your rookie year is no easy feat so it is going to be tough, but I said the same about F3. I’d like to be pushing for race wins and pole positions as well as It is something I’d like to get that I didn’t get last year.”