Oscar Piastri has been again behind the wheel of an Alpine in his third personal in-season check this yr, with a day of operating at Silverstone on Tuesday.
The Australian, reigning Formulation 2 champion and highly-rated Alpine reserve, has been closely linked with a transfer onto the Formulation 1 grid subsequent season, and Alpine are decided to make that occur – be it with them or loaning him out to a different crew, with Williams a rumoured vacation spot for Piastri in the event that they resolve to half with Nicholas Latifi.
Piastri additionally performed a non-public check on the Circuit of The Americas again in April, earlier than heading to Qatar for 2 days of operating a month later, alongside fellow Alpine junior Jack Doohan.
Alpine acknowledged clearly earlier than the season began that they’d be priming the 21-year-old for a step as much as Formulation 1 by placing on an intensive testing programme for him this yr, and so they have stayed true to their phrase with this newest day of operating at Silverstone, a brief hop from the crew’s base in Enstone, within the A521 – final yr’s challenger.
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Alpine set out their timeline for making a call about whether or not or to not promote Piastri to a race seat from July, with talks set to happen between them and Fernando Alonso over a possible contract extension.
However Piastri will step out of the automotive on Wednesday to offer younger British driver Olli Caldwell the prospect to check Formulation 1 equipment for the primary time, three days after his twentieth birthday.
Caldwell is collaborating in his first full yr in Formulation 2, having additionally signed with the Alpine Academy as they give the impression of being to convey younger expertise into the upper echelons of motorsport.
He was thrilled with the information, posting on Twitter: “The most important second in my profession, driving the A521 F1 automotive round my residence circuit of Silverstone. I’m so grateful to Alpine for this chance. Thanks to them, and everybody else who made this doable.”