Regardless of not having the “finest entry” onto the System 1 grid, Romain Grosjean is eager to see what Oscar Piastri can obtain in his first season on the grid.
Final yr Piastri discovered himself on the coronary heart of System 1’s foolish season as Alpine and McLaren vied for his companies.
Whereas Alpine introduced the reserve driver as Fernando Alonso’s alternative in early August, Piastri responded by taking to social media to refute that saying he “won’t be driving for Alpine” in 2023.
As an alternative, it was speculated on the time, he had already signed a contract with McLaren.
Because the saga performed out, the Enstone group took the Australian and McLaren earlier than F1’s Contract Recognition Board in a ultimate try and signal him. The Board dominated that the one legitimate contract for 2023 was between Piastri and McLaren.
Alpine went onto accuse him of being disloyal and pondering he was higher than the Williams seat they have been initially attempting to safe for him.
Piastri largely remained silent all through all of it earlier than ultimately sitting down with the official F1 web site to speak about what had been a “weird and admittedly upsetting episode”.
Now, placing in his ultimate preparations forward of his first season in System 1, Grosjean reckons it is going to be attention-grabbing to see what he can do, and the way he’ll deal with having Lando Norris as his team-mate.
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“I’m excited to see what Oscar Piastri can do in System 1,” he informed his YouTube channel.
“He didn’t have the most effective entry with all of the Alpine-McLaren story however he’s in an awesome automotive with an awesome group subsequent to a really sturdy team-mate that has made the McLaren group his personal group.
“It’s level as a rookie to come back right into a group that has a longtime driver who may be very younger and comes from the identical background, System 3, System 2 and now System 1.
“So I’m excited to see what Oscar Piastri can do there, it’s undoubtedly one of many seats you wish to be in once you get to System 1 so one thing to keep watch over.”
What to anticipate from Piastri in his rookie yr?
Though McLaren are eager to downplay expectations, particularly as Piastri didn’t race in any respect throughout the 2022 season, Grosjean will not be the one one eager to see what this much-wanted driver can do in his first season in F1.
His performances in motor racing’s junior sequence – three titles in three seasons from 2019 to 2021 – have overrated his System 1 arrival because it hints at a driver who can adapt shortly.
However so too has the McLaren-Alpine tug-of-war for his companies. That two groups needed him – three, in the event you add Williams into the combination – as they have been reportedly in talks with Alpine to signal him for 2023, means there have to be one thing particular.
However, because the likes of Mick Schumacher, 2020 System 2 champion, and Nicholas Latifi, 2019’s runner-up, can let you know – it’s one factor to excel within the junior formulae and one other to achieve System 1.