Oscar Piastri reveals the one simple step to securing second in Qatar

McLaren driver Oscar Piastri went from sixth on the grid to finishing second at the 2023 Qatar GP

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Oscar Piastri feels slamming the brakes on at the right time was crucial to securing second place for McLaren in Sunday’s 2023 Qatar Grand Prix.

Piastri, who started sixth, had a ringside view of the Turn 1 collision between Lewis Hamilton and George Russell, with the resulting chaos promoting the Australian to second as the safety car came out.

Once the race restarted, Piastri held second place behind newly crowned world champion Max Verstappen, securing his best finish in Formula 1 and his second consecutive podium after coming in third at the 2023 Japanese GP.

“I hit the brakes at the right time and watched everyone else go off,” Piastri explained to the press on how he secured second. “It was as simple as that.

“I don’t really know what happened there’s sort of some cars spinning and then whatever else, but the heavens kind of just parted way for me, and through to second I went.

“This race was very different to Japan with three stops. I think we’re basically pushing flat out for the whole race. So it’s a very different kind of race. But I think still some work to go.”

Sprint Shootout winner Oscar Piastri | McLaren F1 Team

Delighted with an exceptional weekend

Despite having limited knowledge of the Losail International Circuit, Piastri starred in Qatar, out-qualifying and out-performing Lando Norris throughout the weekend.

Piastri‘s finest hour came on Saturday, topping the Sprint Shootout before dominating the Sprint Race ahead of Verstappen and Norris.

“It’s been pretty exceptional, to be honest,” revealed a delighted Piastri. “Friday was difficult. [I was] a bit disappointed after qualifying, but yesterday went as close to perfect as it could have.

“Today, [I] think second was probably the most we could have done. So yeah [a] very happy weekend, a lot of progress made.

“Very proud of that as team and myself, we’ve managed to get the most out of what our car’s been capable of.”

Ed Spencer
Ed Spencer
FIA accredited journalist
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