2020 champion Oscar Piastri has wasted no time getting stuck in with PREMA in Formula 2. The Australian driver has not even been in Bahrain 24 hours but has already had his seat fitting and spent a day in the garage with the team.
Flying in from the UK on Wednesday, Piastri was straight to the track on Thursday morning to slip into his new machinery, before getting better acquainted with the team, having stepped up from their Formula 3 counterparts.
It’s been a case of “so far so good,” according to the Renault junior, who will be spending the season finale in the garage with the team, in a work experience style capacity.
“I had my seat fitting this morning and it all went pretty well I think,” said Piastri. “It felt pretty comfy and that’s the first item ticked off the list.
“I am looking forward to spending the weekend with the team and learning what F2 is all about. There are quite a few familiar faces here. I have seen all of them before, and even if I haven’t met them, then I’ve seen them in the factory or on a race weekend at some point.
“I’m not 100% sure what I’ll be doing the whole time, but I know I’ll be sitting in on meetings and immersing myself in the team. It will probably be similar to what I did with Renault at the Turkish Grand Prix, so that will be cool. Hopefully, it is a good weekend for the team.”
PREMA are on the verge of clinching the F2 Teams’ Championship, currently sitting first on 364 points, ahead of UNI-Virtuosi who have 316.5. The Italian outfit also sit top of the Drivers’ Championship, with Mick Schumacher first on 205 points, 14 ahead of Callum Ilott.
Piastri will have a front-row seat for the showdown and hopes to be able to learn off Schumacher, who was confirmed as a Formula 1 driver on Wednesday for HAAS.
“I can definitely learn off both Robert (Shwartzman) and Mick, even just by looking at the data and speaking to the engineers too. I am hoping that Mick, now that he is off to F1, will be a bit more open with his advice.”
Piastri will then get a turn in the F2 machine himself when he clambers into the car for his first official session at post-season testing next week in Bahrain.
“I am very excited,” he continued. “The tests will be my last driving for a little while, so I am looking forward to it. It will be my third different car in Bahrain this year, F3, F1 and now F2 - I'll have completed the set.
“What that should mean is that hopefully I do not have to do too much track learning and I can just focus on getting to grips with the car. I am super excited and can't wait to get out there.”