F1 live, Oscar Piastri follows up his 2nd podium finish just outside the winner’s circle of Max Verstappen for McLaren-Mercedes in Qatar

by Sports Benches

Oh so close but what a way to bring up a P2 finish that follows up from his career first podium finish of 3rd during the previous round in Japan two weeks ago by Oscar Piastri for #4 McLaren-Mercedes.

He has definitely benefited the opening lap Mercedes’ team-mates crash of Lewis Hamilton & George Russell that saw Lewis had to retire early where Oscar gained a few spots from his starting place of 6th to 2nd. Although he wasn’t able to stop the now 3 x World Champion Max Verstappen who continues to dominate the whole field by a comfortable 4 second gap, but it’s still an unreal weekend though to reflect in the end with another podium finish.

From a supposed 3rd in qualifying being wiped out by race control to winning all of the sprint formats & to now posting his best result of 2nd – hats off to Oscar on an excellent drive with credit of a front row race car being prepared by McLaren.

There’s only five races left with the United States Grand Prix next up in two weeks time at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas. Let’s hope Oscar can follow up a podium finish again but this time he wins a full Grand Prix for the first time.

The last time a McLaren driver won a race was fellow Aussie Daniel Ricciardo from the 2021 Italian Grand Prix. So hope the next McLaren winner will be an Aussie again but with Piastri being on top of the podium as we’re going to see a brilliant finish to his rookie year in the hope of being ready to challenge Max next year.

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