Piastri frustrated by F1 rules at Las Vegas GP and takes blame in Hamilton collision

The Australian was forced to make a premature pit stop due to F1's regulations

-

Oscar Piastri says he wishes Formula 1’s rule of using two different tyre compounds didn’t exist at the 2023 Las Vegas Grand Prix, whilst he also accepted his part in a crash with Lewis Hamilton.

The Australian opted for a hard-hard-medium strategy and although he took F1’s fastest lap for a bonus point, he felt that he could have done without the set of yellow-walled medium tyres.

His strategy was compromised on Lap 16 so the plan would have been to anticipate a late safety car to allow a cheap switch to softer tyres or face an ambitious 34-lap medium stint. Due to the frequency of safety cars McLaren never had the gap to make that easy pit stop.

“The timing of the safe car was pretty much perfect for the guys that stayed out on mediums for the start,” Piastri said to media. “Like [Esteban] Ocon, it worked perfectly for him.

“I was really wishing that rule of using two compounds didn’t exist, I would have just gone to the end on the hards and I think we had the pace to hang on to people. So that was a shame.”

Piastri takes some responsibility for Hamilton crash

The rookie had his second skirmish of the 2023 season with Hamilton at the Las Vegas Strip Circuit when he and the Mercedes driver attempted to go side by side through Turn 7 chicane.

Hamilton took a tight inside line but understeered off the kerb and clipped Piastri’s left-rear tyre as he attempted to hang it around the outside of the narrow corner. The contact resulted in a puncture for both dropping them down the order.

“It was kind of just an awkward one,” Piastri said. “Neither of us had really committed to the corner that much and then we both committed at the last minute.

“I was trying to back out of it, but we just ended up meeting in the middle so I had a puncture from that. I don’t think it really hurt our race that much in all honesty.”

Brandon Sutton
Brandon Sutton
Brandon is an alumni of an NCTJ and BJTC Liverpool John Moores University course, and has been with Total-Motorsport.com for over a year now. He enjoys covering all forms of motorsport but particularly focuses on Formula 1, and Brandon loves to debate various topics of the sport and other interests, especially if that topic doesn't have an open/shut answer such as the GOAT debate.
- Advertisment -

LATEST NEWS

Josef Newgarden drinks his milk after winning the 2024 Indy 500 | Penske Entertainment: James Black

2024 Indy 500 Race Results

0
Josef Newgarden joined an elite group of drivers by winning the Indy 500 for the second consecutive year in...
Josef Newgarden celebrates winning the 2024 Indy 500 | Penske Entertainment: Amber Pietz

Newgarden takes sensational Indy 500 win after epic battle for glory

0
The Indianapolis 500 never fails to excite and even a four-hour rain delay couldn't dampen the drama for IndyCar's...
Tom Blomqvist crashes in Lap 1 at the 2024 Indy 500 | Penske Entertainment: Aaron Skillman

2024 Indy 500: Results and Highlights as Newgarden wins

0
Welcome to this Total Motorsport live blog for the 2024 Indy 500, is among the most prestigious motorsport events...
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner locks horns with Mercedes' opposite number Toto Wolff ahead of the 2023 Miami GP | Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Christian Horner turns on old enemy Mercedes after Red Bull’s dire Monaco GP

0
Christian Horner flamed Mercedes once again after the 2024 Monaco Grand Prix, accusing them of a 'defeatist, hugely conservative...
Charles Leclerc after winning the 2024 Monaco GP | Scuderia Ferrari Press Office

Charles Leclerc reveals moment he almost lost the 2024 Monaco GP

0
Charles Leclerc revealed he almost lost the 2024 Monaco Grand Prix when he began to cry in the cockpit...
Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff before 2022 Azerbaijan Grand Prix practice REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Mercedes issue warning to rivals for next race after success in Monaco

0
Toto Wolff and Lewis Hamilton have sent strong warnings to their Formula 1 rivals after Mercedes produced a strong...
Sergio Perez ahead of the 2024 Monaco Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Frustrated Sergio Perez points finger at Haas after ‘totally unnecessary’ tangle

0
A desolate Sergio Perez admitted his first-lap 2024 Monaco Grand Prix crash with Kevin Magnussen and Nico Hulkenberg was...
Oscar Piastri and Lando Norris in the pit lane at the 2024 Monaco GP | McLaren F1 Team

Lando Norris hails McLaren’s march of progress

0
Lando Norris has no hang ups about being beaten by Ferrari at the 2024 Monaco Grand Prix as the...

Pierre Gasly reacts to Esteban Ocon apology with Alpine star to face ‘consequences’

0
Pierre Gasly accused his Alpine colleague Esteban Ocon of disrespecting team orders after their collision at the Formula 1...
George Russell of Mercedes leads. Max Verstappen at the start of the 2024 Monaco Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

F1 Monaco Grand Prix 2024 – Highlights and Reaction

0
Welcome to this Total-Motorsport.com F1 live blog for the 2024 Monaco Grand Prix, coming to you from the paddock at Monte...
- Advertisment -