Renault Sport Racing is pleased to welcome promising 18-year-old Oscar Piastri to the Renault Sport Academy for 2020.
Oscar, born in Melbourne, Australia, joins the Academy on the Public Holiday to mark Australia Day, Australia’s national day. He is recruited on the back of winning the 2019 Formula Renault Eurocup Drivers’ Championship following seven wins, 11 podiums and five pole positions.
The Australian has an impressive career CV to date, having first jumped in a kart at just 10 years of age. His single-seater debut came in 2016, when he raced in selected rounds of the Formula 4 UAE Championship. He then finished second in the British Formula 4 Drivers’ Championship in 2017.
In 2020 Oscar will make his FIA Formula 3 Championship debut with reigning Formula 3 champions Prema Racing.
The 2020 Formula 3 calendar has expanded to nine championship rounds in total, with Bahrain now the season opener in March on the F1 support card. The season will draw to a close in Sochi, Russia, at the end of September.
Mia Sharizman, Renault Sport Academy Director:
“We’re very excited to welcome Oscar to the Renault Sport Academy. We had the opportunity to monitor Oscar for the last three years in British F4 and the Formula Renault Eurocup. We were very impressed every time we saw Oscar, especially with his performances last season. He kept his cool against tough competition to secure the title in the closing stages of the year. He has great natural ability and is one of Australia’s most exciting young racing prospects. Oscar will face a competitive field in Formula 3, but we will support him in all areas throughout his rookie season.”
“I am very excited to join the Renault Sport Academy for 2020 and I can’t wait to get into the new season with Prema Racing in Formula 3. Many talented drivers have come through the Academy and there is a strong line-up this year, so I’m looking forward to learning as much as I can from the fellow members. It was hard work getting to this point in my career having won the Formula Renault Eurocup last year, but it was all worth it, and I’m extremely proud to now be part of this illustrious team and Academy and maximising their support.”