Was McLaren’s new recruit Oscar Piastri a cricketer before taking up motor racing?

Oscar Piastri’s move to McLaren was made official last week, with the youngster set to drive in F1 in 2023

Oscar Piastri, the 2021 Formula 2 world champion and McLaren driver from 2023, has had his cricket career come to light. The Australian has his cricket stats on Reddit. Piastri had played cricket in his younger years till 2015. He played for the Brighton Cricket Club before making the full-time switch to Motorsport.

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The Aussie played 57 matches for the Brighton Cricket Club. It’s fair to say he was not much of a Batsman. Piastri notched up 232 runs at an average of 5.80, with a highest score of 24. The Aussie’s bowling stats were comparatively better. Over the 57 matches, he picked up 35 wickets, at a bowling average of 16.94 and personal best figures of 3 wickets for 13. While his bowling stats may not be amazing, he could do a job with the ball on his day.

Unfortunately, the Australian’s cricket career would not have the same trajectory as his motorsport career. Piastri made the switch to motorsport full-time. Piastri takes over Daniel Ricciardo’s McLaren seat from 2023 onwards.

Oscar Piastri made a full-time switch from Cricket to motorsport in 2016

Oscar Piastri’s cricket career ended in 2015. The next year, he made a switch full-time switch to motorsport. In 2016, Piastri made his single-seater debut. He drove for the Dragon F4 outfit in selected rounds of the UAE F4 Championship.The rest of Piastri’s junior career is one for the ages. The Aussie has win three championship’s in a row. In 2019, he won the Formula Renault Eurocup.

Oscar Piastri (AUS) Alpine F1 Team Reserve Driver. 24.02.2022. Formula One Testing, Day Two, Barcelona, Spain. Thursday. Photo credit should read: XPB/Press Association Images.

In 2020, Piastri won the Formula 3 world championship with Prema. He would round off his junior career with a win in the 2021 Formula 2 world championship.The Australian is now set to take over Daniel Ricciardo’s McLaren seat from 2023. He will partner with Lando Norris at the Woking-based team.

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