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Red Bull boss Christian Horner has spoken of his regret at missing the chance to sign Oscar Piastri when the Australian was working his way up to Formula One.
The highly-rated 21-year-old has signed to race for McLaren from next season after a contract tussle with Renault-owned Alpine.
The 2020 Formula Three and 2021 Formula Two champion raced for the Arden team, founded by Horner and his father, in Formula Four and Formula Renault.
“There was an opportunity for Red Bull to look at him at the time and we didn’t take up that option, which is something that I regret,” Horner said.
Piastri will have Britain’s Lando Norris as his McLaren team-mate next year, another driver Horner said he rated very highly.