Piastri took the junior formulation ladder by storm by successful championships in three consecutive seasons in Method Renault Eurocup, FIA Method three and FIA Method 2.
With powerhouse Prema, Piastri dominated F2, taking the title with a 60.5-point hole to runner-up Robert Shwartzman.
It did not yield the 20-year-old from Melbourne an F1 seat for subsequent yr, however the Alpine Academy member will step as much as be the Enstone staff’s reserve driver for the 2022 season with a view to a race seat the next yr.
McLaren driver Ricciardo watched the progress of fellow Australian Piastri intently and stated he was impressed with how he dominated the championship.
“Yeah, wild. He did not simply win, he dominated,” Ricciardo stated. “I do not assume anybody actually anticipated him to. Preventing for a title is one factor however successful comfortably was large.
“I believe folks knew clearly he was gifted. I knew he was gifted, however I do not assume anybody anticipated him to dominate the championship like he did.”
Jack Doohan, Van Amersfoort Racing
Photograph by: Method Motorsport Ltd
Ricciardo believes issues are on the up for younger Australians, with Jack Doohan taking second in F3 earlier than scoring factors on his first two F2 weekends in Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi, the place the son of MotoGP legend Mick Doohan bagged a entrance row begin alongside Piastri.
“There’s an Aussie entrance row lockout with [Piastri] and Jack so yeah, it is wanting good for younger up and coming Aussies. Very, very comfortable to see that.”
Earlier this month it was introduced Doohan would transfer as much as F2 full-time in 2022, partnering Marino Sato on the Virtuosi outfit.
Piastri isn’t anticipated to do a complete lot of racing in 2022 as he focuses on his Alpine F1 reserve driver position, which entails journey to grand prix weekends and an intensive testing programme with the 2021 automotive.
“I’ll nonetheless be doing an honest quantity of driving – it gained’t be racing,” he stated.
“I wish to maintain my give attention to F1 and ensure my face is within the paddock so folks don’t neglect about me to be sincere.
“I believe driving an F1 automotive, there isn’t a substitute for that, you possibly can’t go racing in one thing else anticipating it to arrange you for F1.”