Australian Oscar Piastri had an impressive debut season in Formula 1 with McLaren, winning a sprint race in Qatar, finishing on the podium twice, and exceeding team expectations with his rapid learning and consistent improvement, despite sometimes falling behind more experienced teammate Lando Norris.
‣ Oscar Piastri had a successful debut season in Formula 1 with McLaren, even winning a sprint race in Qatar and finishing second in two Grands Prix.
‣ Team boss Andrea Stella praised Piastri’s exceptional performance, noting his rapid learning and continuous improvement throughout the season.
‣ Stella also highlighted Piastri’s grounded personality and commitment, which contribute to his success.
‣ Despite his success, Piastri still needs to improve his consistency during Sunday’s Grands Prix, where he sometimes fell behind his more experienced teammate Lando Norris.
Oscar Piastri’s debut season in Formula 1 with McLaren was pretty impressive. Although his team-mate Lando Norris did finish above him in the championship, Piastri managed to snag a win in a sprint race in Qatar.
On top of that, he also made it to the podium after two Grands Prix, with his best result being a second place in Qatar.
Andrea Stella, the team boss, couldn’t help but sing praises about Piastri’s performance. “Our analysis is that Oscar’s season has just been exceptional. And when I say exceptional, like beyond our expectations,” Stella said when asked by GPblog.
What makes Piastri stand out? Stella believes it’s his rapid learning curve. “So it’s about the rapidity at which he learns that I think it makes him exceptional. I think this has been true in whatever scale you take.”
Stella sees Piastri’s potential for growth as endless. “Within the timeframe of a race, within the timeframe of an event, within the timeframe of the season, just his gradient is so impressive, which obviously creates expectation for next season. And expectations require work to be confirmed,” Stella explained.
But Piastri isn’t just about talent. He’s also incredibly grounded and focused. “He’s so focused, he’s so committed. And if anything, working with him will be more about like, what do we need to do to confirm this gradient? Work that effectively has already started in terms of planning ahead into the winter,” Stella added.
However, Piastri’s performance during Sunday’s Grands Prix might need some work. He often did well during qualifying or in the sprint races, but sometimes fell back during the main race. Especially on Sundays, his more experienced teammate Lando Norris often outperformed him.
But hey, nobody’s perfect, right? Even the best have their off days. And with the potential that Piastri has shown, there’s no doubt he’ll continue to improve and make his mark in Formula 1.