Oscar Piastri: Nico Rosberg predicts ‘huge problem’ at McLaren, whereas Crimson Bull ‘remorse’ not signing teen

“Daniel [Ricciardo] is a a number of race winner, top-of-the-line drivers on this planet, and has discovered it unbelievably robust in opposition to Lando [Norris]. Oscar [Piastri] is model new to this sport!”; Sky Sports activities F1’s Nico Rosberg has his say on McLaren’s new driver line-up

Final Up to date: 22/09/22 7:12am


Sky Sports activities F1’s Nico Rosberg has predicted a “huge, huge problem” for Oscar Piastri up in opposition to Lando Norris at McLaren subsequent season, insisting the “world-class” British driver is “championship materials”.

After a drawn-out and contentious switch saga, present Alpine reserve Piastri will change Daniel Ricciardo as Norris’ team-mate subsequent season, with McLaren set to have the youngest driver line-up in Method 1.

However whereas solely 22 years previous, it’s Norris’ velocity that has finally sealed Ricciardo’s destiny – and now Piastri, 21 and some of the profitable and highly-rated juniors, faces what could possibly be a poisoned chalice in opposition to Norris.

“It will be robust for Oscar to do nicely there,” mentioned Rosberg, the 2016 world champion. “Lando is world-class, he is world championship materials there so it isn’t going to be straightforward to go there and do higher than Daniel.

Lando Norris, who qualified seventh for the Dutch GP, is relishing competing against new McLaren teammate Oscar Piastri next season.

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Lando Norris, who certified seventh for the Dutch GP, is relishing competing in opposition to new McLaren teammate Oscar Piastri subsequent season.

Lando Norris, who certified seventh for the Dutch GP, is relishing competing in opposition to new McLaren teammate Oscar Piastri subsequent season.

“Ricciardo is a a number of race winner, top-of-the-line drivers on this planet, and has discovered it unbelievably robust in opposition to Lando. Oscar is model new to this sport!

“All of the indications are that Oscar actually is a kind of future superstars. However I am unable to actually consider that immediately Ricciardo has unlearned to drive tremendous quick.

“Due to this fact, I feel it is Lando who’s simply performing like a world champion in the mean time, he is simply driving so extremely nicely.

Nico Rosberg has been surprised at how badly Alpine have managed Oscar Piastri's situation, claiming they should have made the contract rock solid after investing so much.

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Nico Rosberg has been stunned at how badly Alpine have managed Oscar Piastri’s state of affairs, claiming they need to have made the contract rock strong after investing a lot.

Nico Rosberg has been stunned at how badly Alpine have managed Oscar Piastri’s state of affairs, claiming they need to have made the contract rock strong after investing a lot.

“So I actually assume will probably be an enormous, huge problem for Oscar subsequent 12 months to be near Lando.”

Norris scored 45 factors greater than Ricciardo in 2021 at McLaren, whereas he leads his eight-time race-winning team-mate by 88 factors to 19 this season. He’s additionally up 14-2 within the qualifying head-to-head this 12 months.

Piastri arrives having gained back-to-back titles in Method 3 and Method 2 in 2020 and 2021 – a feat beforehand achieved by Charles Leclerc and George Russsell – though could not land a race seat for 2022.

“It is a courageous transfer by Oscar, it truly is,” mentioned Rosberg. “It’s both he beats Lando or he is out mainly of the game, so it is actually, actually robust, however he believes in himself. And in case you assume you are that good, you have to go for it

Australian Oscar Piastri sends a message to the McLaren fans, thanks Alpine and 'can't wait to be representing papaya'.

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Australian Oscar Piastri sends a message to the McLaren followers, thanks Alpine and ‘cannot wait to be representing papaya’.

Australian Oscar Piastri sends a message to the McLaren followers, thanks Alpine and ‘cannot wait to be representing papaya’.

“For Oscar, in case you’re a younger driver and you’ve got the chance to race for McLaren, and also you’re free to take action, you need to take it. Alternatives like that do not come round on a regular basis, so he is achieved every thing proper.”

Talking of his transfer to McLaren, which got here after a Contract Recognition Board dominated Alpine did not have a legitimate contract for him for 2023, Piastri instructed F1: “Their enthusiasm to have me was very engaging.

“McLaren have a aggressive automotive. Clearly it is a tight battle between Alpine and McLaren proper now, however they’re a aggressive crew with a hell of a variety of profitable historical past, and I feel the atmosphere is a superb match for me.

“The crew has nice plans and the longer term is thrilling. I am additionally wanting ahead to working and driving alongside Lando. I do know it should be a problem, however I really feel McLaren is the appropriate place for me to start out life in F1. I am tremendous excited to get began.”

Crimson Bull remorse not signing Piastri

Crimson Bull have been well-known for growing younger expertise in F1 – and crew boss Christian Horner admits he regrets not signing Piastri.

“Oscar drove for the Arden crew in Method 4 and Method Renault, and was clearly a big expertise,” Horner mentioned on F1’s Past the Grid podcast. “There was a possibility for Crimson Bull to take a look at him on the time and we did not take up that possibility, which is one thing that I remorse.

“However what he went on to attain is phenomenal in Method 3 and Method 2.”

Christian Horner admits they would have preferred Max Verstappen to win the race under normal racing regulations, rather than behind the Safety Car.

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Christian Horner admits they might have most well-liked Max Verstappen to win the race below regular racing laws, relatively than behind the Security Automotive.

Christian Horner admits they might have most well-liked Max Verstappen to win the race below regular racing laws, relatively than behind the Security Automotive.

Horner added that “if he’d have been a driver right here, there isn’t any approach that he would not have been below lock and key for a interval in time” and referred to as Piastri a “nice driver”.

“The one drawback that he now has to take care of is the expectation on him will probably be immense,” acknowledged Horner.

Horner continued that he rated Norris “very a lot”.

“He will should get in and ship in opposition to Lando, which is not any imply feat,” he mentioned. “However you both sink or swim on this enterprise. And he is a really, very succesful driver. I am certain he’ll do very nicely.”

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