The secret life of… Oscar Piastri

24 OCTOBER, 2017 – A British F4 vice-champion after a stellar season with Arden which saw him qualify on pole seven times – more than any other driver – and stand on the podium in half of all races, including the top step on six occasions. This 16-year-old from down under was deemed to have shown the most promise and improvement during the season to win the Joe Tandy Memorial Award and scooped the Drivers’ Choice Award, as voted by his peers. We hear from the Aussie who has wasted no time making his mark in the world of single-seaters, Oscar Piastri.

Apart from driving a British F4 car, what is your favourite buzz?
I enjoy going to theme parks to ride rollercoasters. They get my adrenaline pumping. The Smiler at Alton Towers is my favourite.

Who is your favourite driver?
It’s got to be my fellow Aussie, Daniel Ricciardo. Hopefully we can share a ‘schoey’ on the podium in Formula 1 in the future!

What’s your favourite track?
Brands Hatch GP. The first sector is part of the Indy circuit, but out the back it’s the combination of high speed corners, the barriers being so close and not being able to test on it prior to the race weekend which makes it so special.

Define yourself as a driver in three words?
Consistent, determined and calculated.

What should everyone try once in their lifetime?
Other than driving a race car, it should be getting a good driver to drive you around a race track in a very fast car.

What are you afraid of?
Obviously not rollercoasters! When I’m back home in Australia, walking through the tall grass can be pretty scary, especially when you know what could be lurking in it. Snakes!

What do your teachers say about you in your school report?
Works well, but the common theme throughout all my reports is that I should be at school more often and slightly less at the race track!

What is the worst purchase you have ever made?
On a school trip we stopped at a service station and at the time fidget spinners were taking the world by storm. I decided to buy one because I was so bored, but it’s the worst three pounds I have ever spent because it broke about 10 minutes after I bought it.

If you could own one Ford road car what would it be?
The new Ford GT.

What’s your favourite film?
Talladega Nights.

If you could have a superpower what would it be?
Teleportation so that I don’t have to spend a whole day on an airplane to get back to Australia. I could celebrate winning trophies on the podium and then immediately take myself back home for a party.

What’s the strangest question you’ve ever been asked?
I had someone ask me at one of the rounds this year, do you have lucky underpants? I think they were an overexcited fan and to answer the question, no I don’t.

What’s the most important thing in life?
To enjoy whatever you do. You only get one life so you should make the most of it.