Piastri Wins Rookie of the Year for Second Time, Hopes It’s the Last

Oscar Piastri, in his debut season at McLaren, held his own against experienced teammate Lando Norris, earning him the Rookie of the Year award at the FIA gala in Baku, and even managed to beat Max Verstappen in a sprint race before the Qatar Grand Prix.

Highlights

‣ Oscar Piastri had a successful debut season in Formula 1 at McLaren, even earning the Rookie of the Year award at the FIA gala in Baku.
‣ Despite a tough start, McLaren improved throughout the season, with Piastri performing well with the latest developments to the MCL60.
‣ Piastri managed to beat Max Verstappen in the sprint race before the Qatar Grand Prix.
‣ After his successful debut season, Piastri hopes that McLaren can continue its strong performance into 2024.


Starting out in Formula 1 isn’t a walk in the park, especially when you’re paired with a seasoned teammate. Yet, Oscar Piastri managed to hold his ground alongside Lando Norris in his debut season at McLaren. This feat didn’t go unnoticed; he bagged the Rookie of the Year award at the FIA gala in Baku. Quite the achievement, huh?

Piastri Rookie of the Year

McLaren’s start to the F1 season was a bit rocky. But, they bounced back, thanks to some top-notch updates that came in handy. Norris wasn’t the only one who adapted well to the MCL60’s latest developments. Piastri did too. He even outdid Max Verstappen in the sprint race before the Qatar Grand Prix. That’s where Verstappen clinched his third world title.

Piastri’s impressive debut in the premier class didn’t go unrewarded. He bagged the rookie of the year award on a Friday night. After the award ceremony, Piastri expressed his hopes for McLaren to keep up their late-season momentum into 2024.

“If we can start next year how we’ve finished this season then we’ll be in good shape,” Piastri commented. He’s no stranger to the Rookie of the Year award, having won it in 2021 for his solid debut in Formula 2. “It’s been a massive team effort. Big turnaround. I enjoyed my rookie season in F1 a lot. Hopefully it’s the last rookie season of my career. Enjoyed a lot and looking forward to what’s to come.”

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