McLaren‘s Oscar Piastri has spoken out following his most challenging race weekend to date at the Monaco Grand Prix. Piastri finished a respectable P14, securing a double points finish with his teammate Lando Norris in P9. The young driver managed to keep out of trouble, and despite the hazardous wet weather conditions towards the end of the race, he avoided making any significant errors. Unlike more experienced drivers such as Sergio Perez and George Russell who struggled in the wet, Piastri kept his car on track without so much as grazing the barriers.
Speaking to F1 Initiative, the Australian driver admitted to several close calls on the slicks, including one moment where he accidentally almost sent his car into the wall while chatting on his team radio. Piastri also explained that he consciously used the blue flags as an opportunity to learn in slippery conditions by following experienced Red Bull driver Max Verstappen.
Piastri revealed that he was able to keep up with Verstappen‘s RB19 when the track was slippery, but as the conditions improved, Verstappen‘s experience and driving skill allowed him to pull away. McLaren team principal Andrea Stella commended the young driver’s performance, stating that Piastri had exceeded even their most optimistic plans. The race afforded Piastri the opportunity to build on his racing experience and to develop his racecraft skills, with Stella acknowledging that, for a rookie, Monaco is particularly challenging.
Despite admitting that it was a tough weekend, Piastri expressed a positive outlook and revealed that the experience had left him craving more. As the season progresses, all eyes will be on Piastri to see how he continues to develop as a driver and how he performs in the upcoming races.