McLaren rookie Piastri explains why he's confident he won't have the same issues as Ricciardo

McLaren rookie Piastri explains why he’s confident he won’t have the same issues as Ricciardo

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Oscar Piastri thinks the various vary of automobiles he is pushed all through his junior motorsport profession will profit him when he graduates from F1 with McLaren and assist him regulate to any setup complications.

Piastri is moving into F1 as an F3 and F2 champion, taking the place beforehand occupied by Daniel Ricciardo, who determined to half methods, struggling to really feel the 2021 and 2022 seasons collectively along with his McLaren machines.

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Having changed his Australian pal, Piastri now faces the problem of standing alongside Lando Norris as he prepares for his fifth season with McLaren and giving the Woking group the motive force roster consistency they miss.

On the launch of McLaren’s new MCL60 F1 automotive on Monday, Piastri was requested if he had any issues about discovering his footing in opposition to veteran Ricciardo, who confronted so many challenges as his eight-time Grand Prix winner.

Nevertheless, the 21-year-old shortly pointed to his spectacular single-seater to spotlight that he repeatedly will get into completely different automobiles and sprints to the bottom, bolstered by consecutive championships in Components Renault Eurocup, F3 and F2.

Piastri drove for McLaren in 2022 postseason testing in Abu Dhabi

Concerning the scenario, Piastri mentioned: “To begin with, it is clearly embarrassing that issues usually are not going effectively between the group and Daniel, however I personally suppose I am nervous in regards to the lack of expertise for me.

“I believe I needed to change automobiles yearly throughout my younger profession – I have not pushed the identical automotive for greater than a yr. I believe adaptability is a giant pressure you want within the junior classes and I believe that stands out in mine.

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“I assume I am not nervous about that side. Frankly, I did some testing on the 2021 automotive and did post-season testing with McLaren final yr, so I do know a little bit of what to anticipate.

“However I believe as a driver you at all times must adapt; there are at all times issues that do not swimsuit you in addition to you need them to. You at all times need extra grip and extra energy! I believe there are at all times some limitations, the vital factor is how one can get round them.”


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Piastri confronted the extra process of coming to F1 with out ever competing in 2022 and lining up alongside the resident Norris, as an alternative taking up reserve driver duties for Alpine.

However he nonetheless insisted that he wasn’t nervous. “Once I come to F1 from any race, I at all times suppose there can be a interval of adaptation. The automobiles are a lot quicker, the folks I am racing in opposition to are one of the best drivers on the planet. If I took a yr off, it might at all times be tough.

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“I believe from that standpoint [going] Being in the identical automotive versus Lando can be pure comparisons, however I believe we’re at very completely different phases in our careers – Lando is coming into his fifth yr and I am into his first yr.

“I do not draw lots on it. I believe it might be good to have him as a teammate and benchmark. He has confirmed himself to be an awesome driver in F1 and I am positive I can be taught lots from him.”

Piastri and Norris will get their first actual style of the newly launched MCL60 in pre-season testing on the Bahrain Worldwide Circuit February 23-25.

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