F1 news 2022: Oscar Piastri cryptic post sparks Formula 1 debut rumours, Nicholas Latifi

Aussie young gun Oscar Piastri has dropped another hint about his future in Formula 1, sharing a cryptic post to Instagram.Australian young gun Oscar Piastri has dropped another hint about his future in Formula 1, sharing a cryptic Instagram post on Tuesday morning AEST.The reigning Formula 2 champion, who is yet to make his F1 debut, is currently serving as a reserve and test driver for Alpine.However, France’s Esteban Ocon is contracted to the team until the end of the 2024 season, while veteran driver Fernando Alonso is expected to compete again next year, meaning the 21-year-old Aussie will need to bide his time.Watch Every Practice, Qualifying & Race of the 2022 FIA Formula One World Championship™ Live on Kayo. New to Kayo? Try 14-Days Free Now >But according to a report from The Race, Piastri is “closing in” on a move to Williams for the 2023 season.Canada’s Nicholas Latifi has struggled in the Williams this year, failing to register a point after eight races.The 26-year-old’s contract expires at the end of the year, opening the door for Piastri to make a potential F1 debut in 2023.“I definitely feel I‘m under pressure, that will be the same for any driver who doesn’t have a contract for the following year,” Latifi admitted over the weekend.“I know I have to improve, I want to improve, I’m not happy with the way things are right now, so I just try and keep making steps to improve it.”Speculation only intensified when Piastri shared an image of the iconic Silverstone racetrack to his Instagram Story, captioning the post: “Driving here soon.”The British Grand Prix, which takes place at Silverstone, gets underway next month, sparking rumours of a mid-season switch with Latifi.According to The Herald Sun, Piastri has a release clause in his current contract if he does not have a seat assured by the end of this month.“Piastri has got to be in F1 next year whatever it is and whatever comes his way he has got to take it,” F1 commentator Martin Brundle said.“He has to outperform whatever he gets as Marc Webber did at Minardi and Senna did at Toleman for example.“It’s not out of the question but but won’t be easy for Oscar but it’s not out the question. There’s only 20 F1 drivers in the world and to have 10 per cent of them as Aussies will be challenging but do-able.“Teams like continuity, that’s their basic position.”The F1 season resumes this weekend at the Canadian Grand Prix, with lights out scheduled for 4am AEST on Monday morning.Originally published as Oscar Piastri’s cryptic Instagram post sparks Formula 1 debut rumours