Ricciardo didn’t expect Piastri to dominate F2 like he did

Piastri took the junior formula ladder by storm by winning championships in three consecutive seasons in Formula Renault Eurocup, FIA Formula 3 and FIA Formula 2. With powerhouse Prema, Piastri dominated F2, taking the title with a 60.5-point gap to runner-up Robert Shwartzman. It didn't yield the 20-year-old from Melbourne an F1 seat for next…

Piastri took the junior system ladder by storm by winning championships in three consecutive seasons in Blueprint Renault Eurocup, FIA Blueprint 3 and FIA Blueprint 2.

With powerhouse Prema, Piastri dominated F2, taking the title with a 60.5-point gap to runner-up Robert Shwartzman.

It didn’t yield the 20-year-faded from Melbourne an F1 seat for next year, however the Alpine Academy member will step as much as be the Enstone team’s reserve driver for the 2022 season with a ogle to a trudge seat the next year.

McLaren driver Ricciardo watched the growth of fellow Australian Piastri carefully and mentioned he became once impressed with how he dominated the championship.

“Yeah, wild. He didn’t ideal have interaction, he dominated,” Ricciardo mentioned. “I form no longer mediate any person in fact expected him to. Struggling with for a title is one thing however winning conveniently became once substantial.

“I mediate of us knew obviously he became once proficient. I knew he became once proficient, however I form no longer mediate any person expected him to dominate the championship fancy he did.”

Jack Doohan, Van Amersfoort Racing

Jack Doohan, Van Amersfoort Racing

Photo by: Blueprint Motorsport Ltd

Ricciardo believes things are on the up for younger Australians, with Jack Doohan taking 2d in F3 earlier than scoring functions on his first two F2 weekends in Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi, where the son of MotoGP legend Mick Doohan bagged a entrance row launch alongside Piastri.

“There is an Aussie entrance row lockout with [Piastri] and Jack so yeah, or no longer it is taking a discover about ideal for younger up and coming Aussies. Very, very relaxed to discover about that.”

Earlier this month it became once announced Doohan would transfer as much as F2 paunchy-time in 2022, partnering Marino Sato at the Virtuosi outfit.

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Piastri is never any longer expected to enact lots of of racing in 2022 as he makes a speciality of his Alpine F1 reserve driver feature, which entails creep to huge prix weekends and an intensive testing programme with the 2021 car.

“I will restful be doing a tight amount of driving – it’ll also no longer be racing,” he mentioned.

“I desire to preserve my kind out F1 and form particular my face is within the paddock so of us don’t ignore me to be merely.

“I mediate driving an F1 car, there is no change for that, you might perchance perchance perchance no longer paddle racing in one thing else staring at for it to put collectively you for F1.”