Mark Webber has backed fellow Aussie Oscar Piastri to go ’all the way’ to Formula One

Mark Webber has predicted Aussie teenager Oscar Piastri will go “all the way” to Formula One as his protege attempts to seal the Formula 3 championship in Italy this weekend.

Already signed to the Renault Sport Academy, former Red Bull star Webber said “all the Formula One teams are watching” after the 19-year-old’s impressive debut season in Formula 3.

Piastri holds an eight-point lead over his American teammate Logan Sargeant leading into the final round of this year’s nine-race series this weekend at Mugello.

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Mark Webber with rising star Oscar Piastri.Source:Supplied

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If Piastri wins the Formula 3 championship, it could set him up for a move to the Formula 2 series next year, the final rung on the ladder to Formula One.

Webber, who is guiding the career of the young Melbourne racer as his manager, said Piastri’s performances in his rookie F3 year had been eye-catching.

“All the Formula 1 teams are watching, he is under contract to the Renault F1 team, but a lot of other teams are watching, too,” Webber said.

“They know that he has done a great job this year and it’s a very special championship.

“Will we see Oscar in Formula One one day? Absolutely, yes.

“All of the guys racing in Formula One at the moment, pretty much 90 per cent of them competed in this (F3) championship, which is very good.

“He is showing some incredible signs that he can go all the way.”

Oscar Piastri with Dan Ricciardo after signing up to the Renault Sport Academy this year.Source:Supplied

Piastri has claimed two race wins, six podiums overall and produced four fastest laps in his rookie F3 season.

Webber backed Piastri to seal the championship this weekend in a season which he said boasted “extraordinary depth”.

“Can Oscar win the championship? Absolutely. He has got an eight-point buffer over his championship rival Logan Sargeant, who is from America.

“They have been fighting tooth-and-nail the whole way through. It’s been an extraordinary battle, an extraordinary rookie year for Oscar which we are very proud of,” Webber said.

“But we just need two more clean races now and he can get the job done.

“Whatever happens, he has done a great year but obviously we want him to get the championship and it would be extraordinary.”

Piastri is one of four young Australians racing in the Formula 3 series this year alongside Alex Peroni, Jack Doohan, son of former MotoGP star Mick, and Calan Williams.

Piastri in action for Prema Racing during qualifying for the Formula 3 race at Monza.Source:Getty Images

Peroni is the next best-placed Australian, sitting in ninth place in the championship.

Webber said Piastri had impressed with his composure this year.

“The biggest strength of him is his composure, he has absolutely extraordinary levels of composure for a young lad with what’s at stake,” Webber said.

“The team Prema Racing, who he is racing with, have had the best drivers in the business whether it’s Charles Le Clerc, Mick Schumacher, who is with them now (in F2), they have had so many quality drivers and the team boss is highly impressed to say the least.”

Race one of the final F3 round at Mugello is on Saturday evening and race two on Sunday evening.

Originally published asThe rising Aussie driver all of F1 is raving about

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