Oscar Piastri does not think his controversial departure from Alpine last year will be an extra burden on his shoulders during his debut season in Formula 1. The Australian, who will be racing on behalf of McLaren in 2023, says this at Motorsport Week. The 2021 Formula 2 champion has left the past behind.
“I don’t think so, no,” Piastri replies when asked if he expects more pressure because of how he announced last year that he didn’t want to drive for Alpine in 2023. “I don’t think my goals for myself have changed in any way. And I think regardless of how that ended last year, there’s probably an outside expectation with the junior career that I’ve had as well. So I think there’s high expectations from a few angles, but I don’t think it’s indistinguishable.”
Piastri leaves past with Alpine behind
Piastri has already left the past behind. “I’m really over that now. I am focused on starting my career at McLaren and making sure I start as soon as possible and get up to speed. I am very impressed with how the team welcomed me too. It was a very hassle free introduction to the team. So that’s been really good.’
The Australian also has plenty of great things to look forward to besides his debut. “We have the new simulator coming up soon which I look forward to getting my hands on and also with the wind tunnel coming up hopefully later in the year. So I think there’s a lot of positive things going on. And yes, everyone on the team has been great welcoming me.”