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Aussie Oscar Piastri takes FIA Formula 3 Title   
Story By: Administrator  Date: 17/09/2020 at 1:17:05 PM 
Young Australian Formula 3 driver Oscar Piastri has taken the FIA Formula 3 Championship in a nail biting end to the season. Piastri, from Melbourne clinched the FIA Formula 3 Drivers’ Championship in an incredible battle to the last race at Mugello. In what is a major step towards an eventual Formula 1 debut, Piastri held off France's Theo Pourchaire to claim his first F3 championship win after a seventh-placed finish at the Italian circuit. Piastri's 164 points saw him finish three points ahead of Pourchaire, with Prema Racing teammate Logan Sargeant coming in third on 161 points.

With a few laps left on the Mugello Circuit, Piastri nervously asked his team, "Is this okay for the championship", before he held his position before taking 7th on the line to secure the title.

Oscar Piastri leads Logan Sargent in the FIA Formula 3 Championship
Oscar Piastri has claimed the FIA Formula 3 Championship.

American Logan Sargeant started the day second in the Championship order though level on points with Piastri, however was out of the race on lap 1 after a coming together with Trident’s Lirim Zendeli. A captivating two-way fight for the crown ensued between Piastri and Pourchaire, with the pair improvingposition through the race in their title bids. Piastri began the day in 11th, but battled up to seventh at the chequered flag to ensure the title was his despite Pourchaire’s best efforts.

Piastri, who is a member of the Renault Sport Driver Academy is expected to graduate next year to the FIA Formula 2 Championship, one level below the ultimate goal of Formula 1. Mark Webber, who manages Piastri has had nothing but praise for the youngster. A nine-time Formula 1 race winner himself, Webber’s own career saw him spend a year in British Formula 3, where he finished third, before two seasons in International Formula 3000. When looking back on his own early years, and that of Piastri, the 44-year-old says there are no comparisons.

“He’s definitely a lot calmer than I am, there’s no question about that,” he laughed. “There’s absolutely no comparisons whatsoever. I was doing it 20 years ago in Formula 3 in the British season – he’s out-gunned everything I’ve done. I think that being the champion in that series is special, and in his first year as a rookie,” he continued. “On paper at the start of the season it was one of the most competitive junior series that we’ve seen in a long time.”

By winning the Formula 3 Championship, Webber revealed Piastri will move on to Formula 2 next season.

“Oscar is incredibly intelligent and mature for his age and he knows the journey that he’s on,” he said. “It will be Formula 2 next year, he’ll have to move up because he can’t do F3 again." Webber said

All of the current crop of young drivers in Formula 1 have come from Formula 2 including Alex Albon, Lando Norris, George Russell, Charles Leclerc and Nichola Latifi. Mick Schumacher, son of 7-time World Champion Michael is expected to graduate next year with Piastri hoping to follow suit in a few years.

Oscar Piastri and Prema, FIA Formula 3 Champions
Oscar Piastri and Prema, FIA Formula 3 Champions.

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