Offering Aussie Formula 2 champion Oscar Piastri to McLaren as a reserve driver was a sign of goodwill from his Alpine Formula 1 team ahead of an uncertain future on the sidelines, according to Sky Sports F1 pundit Ted Kravitz.

Alpine announced during the final three days of testing that it would offer its rising star to McLaren in the event either Lando Norris or Daniel Ricciardo were unable to compete and if existing reserves Nyck de Vries, Stoffel Vandoorne and Paul di Resta were unavailable.

The announcement was unrelated to Ricciardo’s COVID diagnosis, and the McLaren driver is expected to be in the car for this weekend’s first race.

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Australia’s reigning Formula 3® World Champion and Formula 2® racer Oscar Piastri discusses how soon he could graduate to Formula 1®, the influence compatriot Mark Webber has had on his career, winning on his first weekend in F2® in Bahrain and the strongest memories from his first taste of F1® machinery in 2020.