McLaren’s choice to swoop for Piastri earlier this summer season helped set off the exit of Ricciardo from the Woking-based squad, along with his F1 future now unsure.
That situation might have led to plenty of awkwardness between the pair as their shared nationality added an additional edge to the driving force market actions of the summer season.
However in a bid to make sure that there was no probability of tensions rising, Ricciardo revealed that he spoke to Piastri and his supervisor Mark Webber after the summer season break to clear issues up.
Piastri has revealed that the decision from Ricciardo was very a lot welcomed, as he had been a bit nervous beforehand about whether or not or not there could be issues between them.
Chatting with the official Australian Grand Prix podcast Within the Quick Lane, Piastri opened up on the significance of Ricciardo being the primary to make the transfer.
“I used to be planning on getting in contact myself, however with the timing of issues, he was clearly at races, fairly frankly I did not know if he needed to listen to from me,” Piastri stated.
“I used to be making an attempt to consider what to say, however he beat me to it. That was a real skilled, my respect for him was already extraordinarily excessive and it is solely received larger in the best way he is responded.
“Him getting in contact like that, that was nice for me personally, realizing that there have been no laborious emotions. That actually helps me quite a bit, and it was good to get in contact.”
He added: “It was a pleasant second. If I can get near emulating the success he is had on observe and the character he’s off the observe, I believe I will be doing an inexpensive job.”
Whereas Piastri’s change to McLaren is now set in stone, he doesn’t but know when he’ll get his first run for his new workforce.
He nonetheless stays beneath contract at Alpine, despite the fact that he has been stood down from official duties with the workforce at grand prix occasions.
Discussions are ongoing about Piastri probably being launched early from the contract, which might permit him an early probability to drive for McLaren in an FP1 session.
Nonetheless, nothing has been settled on this entrance which leaves him unsure of when his first McLaren outing can be.
Oscar Piastri, Reserve Driver, Alpine F1 Staff
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“I am unsure but and we do not know,” he stated. “It is clearly one thing we’re discussing with Alpine in the mean time. However yeah, as of proper now, I do not know when, or what the remainder of the yr holds.”
Selecting quantity 81
Piastri has additionally confirmed that he can be racing with quantity 81 at McLaren subsequent season.
Explaining the background to his alternative, Piastri has revealed that it was all triggered by him having very restricted choices when he first began out.
“So 81 was the quantity I had in karting,” he stated. “The story of how I received 81 will not be notably fascinating, however I am going to clarify it anyway.
“Principally, after I did my first race, I needed to decide a quantity for my first race and the kart store I went to solely had quantity ones in inventory. It needed to be a one or two-digit quantity and I clearly could not be primary for apparent causes. So I used to be really quantity 11, for my first couple of races.
“Then we entered, I believe it was the Victorian state titles, and anyone had already entered as quantity 11. So I do not know what impressed me to choose 81. However I modified the primary one for a quantity eight, and it is caught ever since.”