Oscar Piastri poised to replace Sergio Perez

Oscar Piastri has enjoyed a fantastic debut season thus far with McLaren, even challenging Lando Norris on some occasions.

Ex-Formula 1 team owner Eddie Jordan has sung Oscar Piastri’s praises after his latest outing in Hungary, branding the young Australian a “revelation” in his debut season.

With his showing on track so far, Jordan believes Piastri could be in line to partner two-time world champion Max Verstappen one day at Red Bull.

During the Hungarian Grand Prix, Piastri showcased his remarkable talent, qualifying an impressive fourth and quickly ascending to second in the opening lap. 

Despite battling with floor damage, he managed to finish fifth, adding to his previous fourth-place finish at Silverstone. 

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Jordan’s admiration for the young driver was evident as he described Piastri as a “world title contender in the making.”

Speaking to talkSPORT, Jordan couldn’t contain his excitement about Piastri’s future prospects, especially given the driver’s limited experience at the Hungaroring. 

“He’d never been to this track before, maybe once in the junior formulas, and for him to come out and qualify on the second row and race like he did, and race against Max,” Jordan said.

Be careful where he’s going to go because I think there is big star quality in there,” Jordan stated. 

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“I’m actually blown away with this young kid, so he’d be one of the drivers I’d be looking at to challenge Max in the future.”

Crucial to Piastri’s potential move to Red Bull is his agent, fellow Australian Mark Webber, who had an illustrious career with the championship-winning team. 

Jordan believes that Webber’s influence could play a decisive role in securing Piastri a seat with Red Bull. 

“He’s managed by my old partner Mark Webber, and we saw how he got him into McLaren,” said Jordan, hinting at a possible future collaboration. 

“Don’t be surprised if he [Piastri] is named in front of the public eye in the future.”

As rumours circulate about Sergio Perez’s future at Red Bull, the team’s management faces the crucial decision of who will partner with Verstappen in 2024. 

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Despite Daniel Ricciardo’s surprising return to AlphaTauri, Red Bull’s sister team, Jordan remains unconvinced that the veteran Aussie will secure the coveted spot over Piastri. 

“I don’t see it [Ricciardo], they had that chance before and Red Bull don’t usually go back in time, they have a very forward vision,” Jordan opined. 

“If there’s a change at Red Bull, Mark Webber has brought this kid [Piastri] on, brought him over from Australia, and what a revelation he’s turned out to be.”