Oscar Piastri says he is open to spending a year on the sidelines next year should it increase the likelihood of landing a Formula 1 seat in 2023.

Piastri leads the Formula 2 championship in his rookie season with two rounds remaining, holding a 36-point buffer over his nearest rival Guanyu Zhou.

But despite his impressive from, the Australian’s hopes of graduating to F1 in 2022 appear unlikely, with only one seat at Alfa Romeo yet to be filled.

The Alpine junior driver hasn’t been linked to the vacant drive alongside new signing Valtteri Bottas, which is expected to go to F2 rival Zhou.

Aware his F1 prospects seem bleak, Piastri said he will devote all of his attention to winning the F2 title before considering his options for next year.

“Most likely it would lead to a year on the side lines, which is never ideal, but it’s not the first person it’d happen to and won’t be the last,” Piastri said, as quoted by Motorsport Week.

“I still have to win this championship to make that happen, so there’s still a lot of things that can happen, but that’s what we’re [aiming for].

“It’s not ideal to not be racing, as that’s what we love to do as racing drivers naturally, but that’s a sacrifice I’m willing to take if it leads to a race seat for the following year.”

Piastri extended his lead in the drivers’ standings with victory in the feature race in Russia, with championship now on a two-month hiatus until the next race in Saudi Arabia.

The 20-year-old intends to use the break in-between races to sit down with Alpine and discuss his 2022 plans.

“I can’t go back to Australia, so that’s out of the question,” he said.

“I’ll see if Alpine’s got anything planned for me, but yeah, we’ll see, most likely try and work out the plans for next year as we’ve certainly got a lot of time to discuss it now.”