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Why is Oscar Piastri F1's most sought-after rookie?

The Australian rising star is fast, consistent, confident, adaptable and has shown excellent racecraft, but there’s already a taint to his reputation. That hasn’t stopped him becoming the hottest property in this year’s F1 driver market and why McLaren moved fast to snap up the 21-year-old

Remember Nico Hulkenberg winning the GP2 Series title at the first attempt in 2009? After that triumph, seven seasons went by without a rookie claiming honours in Formula 1’s top junior category. Since then, three have done it in five seasons of the rebranded FIA Formula 2 Championship.

Charles Leclerc ended that wait with his searing streak to the 2017 F2 title with Prema Racing. A year later, George Russell’s efforts with ART Grand Prix brought him to F1 with the F2 crown ahead of fellow rookie Lando Norris and second-year racer Alex Albon. And we all know what they have achieved in the top tier.

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