In 2023, Oscar Piastri will compete in his first Formula One race for McLaren with more seasoned teammate Lando Norris. The Australian is sure that the two can get along well.
When he join the McLaren squad in 2023, Oscar Piastri has revealed what he wants from his partnership with Lando Norris.
Having followed a battle for his services with Alpine, the Australian was announced recently to participate the Woking-based team next year after the FIA’s Contract Recognition Board ruled in the team’s favour.
Piastri will be a rookie when he joins, whereas Norris has been competing for McLaren since 2019 and is under contract to the team through the end of 2025.
Piastri believes that even if they don’t know each other well yet, they will get along.
“Firstly, I don’t know Lando that well,” Piastri told the In The Fast Lane podcast.
“I’ve spoken to him a couple of times very briefly, and we’ve got a few mutual friends in common. But I’m looking forward to getting to know him, both personally and professionally.”
Piastri wish to learn from Norris for advice
The 2023 Formula 1 season will mark Norris’ sixth, and Piastri thinks he can learn a lot from his new partner.
“I think our junior careers have been quite similar,” the 21-year-old said.
“He’s obviously proven as well in F1 that he’s a very capable driver and a strong driver as well.
“I’m looking forward to being able to show what I have, but also there’s undoubtedly going to be things to learn along the way, and I think Lando is a very strong teammate to be able to learn from.”
Can Norris and Piastri progress McLaren to the top?
Eventually, Piastri thinks that he and Norris can cooperate together to drive McLaren farther up the grid.
“I’m looking forward to [working with Norris], and I think it’ll be a good working relationship,” the F1 rookie continued.
“Obviously, we’re both quite similar in age, we’ve got a few friends in common.
“I’m confident we’ll be able to work well together and hopefully bring the whole team more towards the front of the grid, because that’s the aim.”
Daniel Ricciardo, whose future in the motorsport is now uncertain, will be replaced by Piastri at the squad.
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