Alpine introduced on the finish of final month that Method 2 championship chief Piastri would serve as its official reserve driver next season after lacking out on an F1 commencement.
Piastri is ready to go away F2 after only a single season, and is on the right track to win the championship on the first try. The Australian prolonged his benefit to 40 factors with two rounds remaining by taking his fourth straight pole position on Friday in Jeddah.
Piastri has no racing programme deliberate for subsequent 12 months with a view to concentrate on the Alpine reserve position, however is concentrating on a transfer as much as F1 in 2023.
Alpine signed Esteban Ocon to a long-term deal earlier this 12 months, operating to the tip of 2024, however two-time world champion Alonso is out of contract on the finish of subsequent season.
Ought to Alonso want to lengthen his time in F1 past 2022 after having fun with his comeback this season, it could depart Alpine on the lookout for alternate options to discover a seat for Piastri.
Whereas Budkowski acknowledged it was a “good query” what would occur to Piastri if Alonso continued past 2022, he mentioned it was “not a couple of direct comparability” between the 2 drivers.
“How are we going to make that call? Nicely, let’s examine subsequent 12 months first,” mentioned Budkowski.
“If the automobile is fast and Fernando is comfortable, then we’ll have one kind of debate. If that is not the case, then we’ll have a special kind of debate.
“However actually we’ve an important expertise with Oscar within the wings, and if there is no seat out there at Alpine, I’m certain we’ll discover a answer for him to drive a Method 1 automobile and keep within the Alpine household.”
Alpine staff has excessive opinions of Piastri (left, with CEO Laurent Rossi in Qatar)
Photograph by: Alpine F1 Crew
Piastri had been linked with a possible transfer to Alfa Romeo, which held the ultimate F1 seat for 2022 previous to saying Guanyu Zhou final month. Zhou has been a part of the Alpine Academy for 3 seasons, however will reduce ties upon becoming a member of Alfa Romeo.
The 20-year-old previously said that he knew an F1 move was not realistic for next season, and that he personally by no means held any talks with Alfa Romeo in regards to the drive.
Piastri is ready to get pleasure from an intensive testing programme with Alpine subsequent season, and can also be more likely to seem in FP1 periods underneath the new regulations that require young drivers to be used at least twice in the season.
Budkowski felt assured that Piastri would play an necessary position at Alpine subsequent season, supporting the primary race staff in addition to persevering with his personal growth.
“Oscar’s announcement, past being an announcement as such that he shall be a reserve driver, comes with an terrible lot of different issues,” Budkowski mentioned.
“Oscar goes to be very concerned in a growth, within the simulator. He is already doing a few of this, however not as a lot as we would like as a result of clearly he is racing in Method 2, and he nonetheless must win the championship this 12 months.
“However he will be doing a whole lot of growth work, a whole lot of simulator work, spending time within the manufacturing facility [working] very shut with the engineers. He will do various on-track operating as effectively.”