McLaren’s Oscar Piastri reveals the things he has to learn after first F1 podium

McLaren enjoyed a double podium at the 2023 Japanese GP

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McLaren driver Oscar Piastri admits he must continue to learn lessons in his rookie season despite securing his first Formula 1 podium with third in Sunday’s 2023 Japanese Grand Prix.

Piastri enjoyed a stellar weekend at Suzuka, securing a first front-row start with second before ending his wait for a maiden F1 podium with third behind teammate Lando Norris and Max Verstappen.

“Yeah, I think tyre management and pace at certain points of the race were not as strong as I would have liked,” Piastri told the press after the race. “The first stint felt like everyone was driving extremely slow. 

“Then, when I tried to push a bit more, the tyres didn’t let me go much faster. So, there are a few things to work on there.

“Like I said, I think in these kinds of races, there’s no easy way to learn apart from just going through the races and having an experience, whether good or bad.”

First F1 podium ‘a special day’

As well as securing the best finish for a rookie since Lance Stroll finished third in the 2017 Azerbaijan GP, Piastri becomes only the sixth Australian driver to stand on an F1 podium.

The 22-year-old from Melbourne has impressed many in his rookie campaign, which has seen him qualify third at the British GP and finishing a superb second behind Verstappen in the Sprint.

“Yeah, it’s definitely significant, you never forget your first podium, regardless of whether it’s been a strong performance or not,” said Piastri. “So yeah, it’ll be a special day. 

“I won’t forget it, and also, ticking the first podium off the off-the-list is always a nice achievement to have. Definitely, some things I want to try and improve on and still work on. 

“But, for now, [I am] enjoying the the trophy. I’ve been drowned by Lando in champagne, which is a nice problem to have.”

Ed Spencer
Ed Spencer
FIA accredited journalist
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