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Piastri gets focus back on F2 title race

Ed JacksonAAP
Australia's Oscar Piastri could clinch the Formula 2 driver's title this weekend in Saudi Arabia.
Camera IconAustralia's Oscar Piastri could clinch the Formula 2 driver's title this weekend in Saudi Arabia. Credit: AAP

His short-term future secured, Australian rising star Oscar Piastri has switched his focus back to his immediate goal of securing this year's Formula 2 championship.

The 20-year-old heads into this weekend's penultimate stop in the F2 calendar in Saudi Arabia holding a 36-point lead in the title race as Piastri aims to become the third driver in history to win back-to-back F3 and F2 crowns after George Russell and Charles Leclerc.

With his 2022 plans locked away as a reserve driver for Alpine's Formula 1 team, Piastri can worry now about nothing more than leaving Jeddah a step closer to adding the F2 title to his F3 and 2018 Formula Renault Eurocup crowns.

"It would be silly if I wasn't coming in and trying to get that third title," Piastri told the official Formula 2 website.

"Even if it was set to be my first title ever, I would be silly not to try and get it. It would certainly be a CV booster.

"Aiming for anything less would be undershooting our potential."

Piastri could even leave Saudi Arabia with the title already sewn up.

If he can walk away from the weekend with a 66-point advantage over nearest rival, China's Guanyu Zhou, he'll hold an unassailable lead heading into the season finale in Abu Dhabi.

To do that however would require gaining 30 points more than Zhou over the weekend - a mammoth undertaking even for someone who has been as consistent this season as Piastri.

Having achieved top-five finishes in 11 out of 17 races this year, the Melbourne product has missed points just three times all year and has podiumed in five out of six feature races.

"The trend this year has been to score very few points a round, or quite a lot," Piastri said.

"I don't think there's been an in-between ... staying consistent will be the biggest thing, and I think we've done the best job of that in the field so far.

"We have proven that we can do everything right at least once. We just need to do all of that all of the time - I think that is the last thing that we can improve on."

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