Arden Motorsport’s Oscar Piastri has accused championship rival Jamie Caroline of deliberately pushing him off the track in the second British F4 race at Rockingham.
A stunning opening lap from Piastri moved him from the back of the grid to seventh, but he made contact with Caroline on lap two.
“Jamie went over the top of Logan [Sargeant] and lost his front win,” he told Overtake Motorsport.
“Then… there’s not really any nice way of putting it. He basically drove me off the track at the hairpin.”
Piastri ran into the gravel but was able to recover to finish 10th.
Caroline retired with front wing damage, but third place in the weekend’s other F4 races allowed him to extend his championship lead.
Overtake Motorsport approached Caroline, but he declined to comment.
Now 74.5 points behind, Piastri will need to score more points than Caroline at Silverstone to keep his title hopes alive heading into the final weekend at Brands Hatch.
The Australian is still focusing on the top spot.
“It’s looking tough, I’m not going to lie,” he said.
“I’m 100% still going for the win.
“As we’ve seen this weekend, things can change very quickly.
“Jamie hasn’t really had a bad round all year. Me and Linus [Lundqvist] and Logan have all had a tough round at some point. And I think Jamie might be due one.”
Feature image credit: Caroline Rhea