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Oscar Piastri wins Autosport's Rookie of the Year Award

FIA Formula 3 champion Oscar Piastri is the winner of Autosport's 2020 Richard Mille Rookie of the Year Award

Oscar Piastri wins Autosport's Rookie of the Year Award

The Renault Sport Academy driver stepped up to F3 after taking the Formula Renault Eurocup crown in 2019. Despite never qualifying on the front row, the Australian scored two wins with Prema Racing and took the title by three points from fellow rookie Theo Pourchaire.

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Autosport readers have voted Piastri as the best rookie of 2020, ahead of LMP2 star Paul di Resta, World Rally Championship driver Kalle Rovanpera and F2 race winner Yuki Tsunoda.

"It's very cool - thanks to everyone who voted for me and to Autosport for putting me up for nomination," said Piastri. "I keep having to remind myself that this was a rookie season!

"The compact calendar put everyone to the test. It took its toll mentally and physically having nine race weekends in 11 weeks, but I'm very happy to have walked away with the championship.

"Winning the championship meant I got the opportunity to test a Formula 1 car with Renault. That was the coolest day of my life so far and hopefully there will be more of those."

The award, which is 20 years old, is open to professional racing drivers in their first season in their respective categories. Previous winners include Jenson Button, Juan Pablo Montoya, Mark Webber, Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc.

The 2020 edition of the Autosport Awards is taking place online, with increased digital coverage, and continues the tradition of highlighting the best of the motorsport season.

Other categories include International Racing Driver of the Year presented by Pirelli, International Racing Car of the Year, International Rally Driver of the Year, Rally Car of the Year, British Competition Driver of the Year, Rider of the Year, National Driver of the Year, Moment of the Year presented by Marelli, and the Pioneering and Innovation Award presented by Mahindra.

The Esports Driver of the Year Award presented by Motorsport Games has also been introduced this year.

To find out which other winners Autosport readers have voted for, go to
autosport.com/awards

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