Oscar Piastri is having a remarkable rookie season in 2023. He achieved his first Formula 1 podium finish at the Japanse GP last Sunday, where he finished P3 behind his teammate Lando Norris at P2 and Max Verstappen at P1. Former Formula 1 champion Damon Hill acknowledged Piastri’s impressive performance and suggested he would be a tough nut to crack for his teammate Norris if they were in a fight for the title.
Piastri made his Formula One debut with McLaren, filling the seat previously occupied by his fellow Australian Daniel Ricciardo for the season. He became one of the first rookie drivers to secure a podium finish since Lance Stroll in 2017. He has one of the most promising F1 prodigies, Lando Norris, as his teammate. The Englishman, who joined Formula 1 in 2018, holds the record of being the driver with the most without a victory in the sport’s history.
Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri engaged in a closely contested battle during the Japanese GP. Damon Hill recognized Piastri’s P3 finish at the Suzuka circuit as a significant sign that he is now comfortable and ready to challenge Lando Norris in his pursuit of a world championship title.
“It couldn’t last forever, Lando knows that,….Lando knows the score and…..He’s already said he recognizes it’s not nice having a quick team-mate, he’d rather not have one.But, for the team, it’s fantastic. They know they’ve got two drivers that they can rely on going into the future, and they’re down there at the sharp end of the grid, two cars, not just one,” he said, as reported by The Mirror.
Zak Brown paints a target behind Aston Martin in the conquest of the constructor’s championship
McLaren is trailing Aston Martin by 49 points in the constructors’ championship standings. McLaren CEO Zak Brown has expressed that their primary goal is to surpass Aston Martin and secure fourth place in the constructors’ championship.
While both McLaren drivers secured podium finishes, Aston Martin faced a disappointing session at the Japanese GP. Lance Stroll had a challenging race, finishing in P18 as he did not finish the race(DNF), and Fernando Alonso struggled to secure P8.
Zak Brown expressed his confidence in the MCL60 and aimed to narrow the gap between McLaren and Red Bull, setting his sights on Aston Martin. He highlighted that their car performs exceptionally well on high-speed tracks like Qatar.
Zak Brown says it was “clear” to #McLaren they needed Oscar Piastri and Lando Norris to swap positions during the #JapaneseGP 🇯🇵
“We have got to have a couple of big points races like we did last weekend where maybe Aston Martin don’t get in the points. It’s mathematically possible but we have to keep on pushing and that’s all we can do. We are trying to catch Red Bull…I think we will be strong at the next race, so will keep pushing…. we are good in the high speed, which Qatar is, so we will be strong there and not be weak anywhere,” said Brown, as reported by Skysports.com
Tanishka Sharma is a Motorsports content writer at Firstsportz. She has been following Formula One since her teenage years. The epic championship battle between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen in the 2021 season re-ignited her passion for F1.
Tanishka is a Ferrari fan pursuing an English honors degree from Delhi University. She also has a sharp interest in English literature and is A2-level certified in German.
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