Signed as Alpine’s reserve for 2022, Oscar Piastri says the team is putting together a “big testing programme” as he won’t be racing at all.

Having won last year’s Formula 2 championship, and doing so in his debut campaign, the Australian was linked to a move to Alfa Romeo in Formula 1.

But without a massive budget behind him, which is believes to have been at least part of the reason, the team turned to Guanyu Zhou with Piastri instead signing as Alpine’s official test and reserve driver.

While it isn’t so for all reserve drivers, in Piastri’s case it means a year on the sideline without any racing.

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