Oscar Piastri has won the FIA Formula 2 Championship after securing an unassailable lead in the Championship’s third last race of the 2021 season.
The Victorian has enjoyed an irresistible run of form over the past few rounds and secured his third title in as many years with two races still remaining in the season.
Having entered the season finale in Abu Dhabi with a 51.5 point lead over Russian Robert Shwartzman, Piastri’s fifth consecutive pole and third place in the first sprint race of the weekend saw him create a lead big enough to make it mathematically impossible for his Prema Racing teammate to catch him.
Unlike previous years, where the championship went down to the final race of the year, Piastri has enjoyed a comfortable run to a title, having led the standings since the fourth round of the season at Silverstone Raceway in July.
The Silverstone round also saw Piastri claim his first official pole position since 2019, the year he won the Formula Renault Eurocup, which was the first of his three international titles.
Since replacing fellow Alpine Academy driver Guanyu Zhou at the top of the F2 standings, Piastri has continued to extend on his lead at every round, with the 20-year-old adding a further three pole positions and three race wins to his season tally ahead of this weekend.
Motorsport Australia CEO Eugene Arocca congratulated Piastri on winning the Formula 2 Championship.
“To win last year’s Formula 3 Championship was an impressive feat in itself, but to go back-to-back as a rookie and win the second highest level of open wheel racing is an outstanding achievement,” Arocca said.
“No Australian has managed to win the second tier of Formula 1 racing in recent times, so I imagine Oscar would be pleased with his efforts and every Australian should be very proud of this young man – he is doing an outstanding job in representing this country at the highest levels of motorsport.
“Whilst Oscar has not secured a permanent seat in Formula 1 next year, with Alpine appointing him as its reserve driver, I am sure it won’t be too long before we see two Australians in the world’s best racing category.
“On behalf of everyone at Motorsport Australia, we congratulate Oscar and his team on another brilliant year and I hope he enjoys those last couple of races as champion-elect.”
The FIA Formula 2 Championship has two races remaining in the final round of the season with the next sprint race taking place overnight and the final feature race of the year on Sunday night at 8pm AEDT.