Piastri Names Verstappen as Favorite: ‘Very Challenging’

Oscar Piastri is doing amazing things at McLaren.

He’s super fast in qualifying, often matching Lando Norris. But on race days, managing tires is a bit trickier. Even so, he feels a win is near.

Piastri believes he can compete with Max Verstappen and Lando Norris for victories. “Yeah, I think I’m definitely in the hunt for the win,” he said. “We’ve had a really competitive car the last three months. There have been many near misses and opportunities. I don’t think there’s been a clear-cut chance where we could have easily won, but we’ve been in the fight for a long time now.”

“So I don’t think that really changes that mindset now. I think we’ve given ourselves enough evidence on enough different tracks to be able to say we’re back and able to fight for wins,” Piastri added.

Battle with Red Bull

Red Bull Racing will be tough competition next weekend. Their RB20 car excels in high-speed corners like those at Silverstone. “I think Red Bull will be strong,” Piastri noted. “They were very quick in the high-speed corners in Barcelona and Austria. And basically this whole track is high-speed corners.”

He continued, “I think it’s been a strength of ours in the past as well. And there are some low-speed corners where we’ve improved recently. So it will be a good fight towards the front.” Fans might wonder if this could finally be McLaren’s moment.

McLaren with two cars, Red Bull with one

Right now, Red Bull relies heavily on Verstappen because Sergio PĂ©rez isn’t performing well. This could benefit McLaren’s constructors’ championship hopes according to Piastri: “It certainly helps out our constructors championship bid.” He added, “Whenever you have two cars up front versus one, it opens up some opportunities and is always good for point scoring.”

What do you think? Can McLaren take advantage of this situation?

Albert Ramirez
Albert Ramirez
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