Oscar Piastri’s Las Vegas Grand Prix result does no justice to the quality of his race drive. But how significant was his performance?
Oscar Piastri’s rookie season in Formula 1 started off strong with a sprint race in Belgium, followed by podium finishes in Japan and Qatar. However, his performance seemed to decline after that, and his 2023 season risked ending on a mediocre note. Despite misfortune and weaknesses in his game, Piastri scored points in the three races leading up to Vegas, but it was not enough to secure a top 10 ranking in the driver standings. In Las Vegas, Piastri and his teammate Lando Norris struggled in qualifying due to car performance and tire strategy issues. Nevertheless, Piastri’s performance during the race was impressive, and he made progress from 11th place after a safety car period caused by Norris’ crash. However, a collision with Lewis Hamilton resulted in a puncture and forced Piastri to make an extra pit stop, ultimately preventing him from achieving a comfortable fourth place finish. Both Piastri and McLaren team boss Andrea Stella were disappointed with the outcome, as they believed Piastri had shown brilliant driving skills throughout the race.