Oscar Piastri finishes with points for the second time in his six-race career – as the Aussie rookie admits having Max Verstappen in front of him was ‘useful’ in a ‘difficult’ Monaco Grand Prix
- Piastri finishes tenth in the Monte Carlo GP
- Rookie says it was his most difficult race yet
- Piastri said trailing Verstappen assisted him
Oscar Piastri has plenty of reasons to smile after claiming tenth position in Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix in Monte Carlo – a race the McLaren rookie described as his most difficult yet.
The 22-year-old, who started 11th on the grid after missing Q3 by just 0.018 seconds on Saturday, survived a tricky circuit that started dry and finished slippery.
Piastri seemed like he might finish just outside the points after being passed by teammate Lando Norris in the final stages, but when Yuki Tsunoda struggled in the slick conditions Piastri took his chance.
It was the young Australian’s second points finish of his maiden F1 season – which he admitted afterwards was his most difficult, considering the slippery conditions and his disappointing practice sessions.
‘I think so definitely. I think after, you know, from a personal note, after all the practice sessions, I wasn’t very pleased with my driving,’ Piastri said.
Oscar Piastri has claimed tenth position in Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix in Monte Carlo
It was the young Australian’s second points finish of his maiden F1 season – which he admitted afterwards was his most difficult race yet
‘(I was) consistently six tenths off (which) wasn’t a very nice feeling. So (from) that to bring it a lot closer for qualifying — and end up with a point today is yeah, a very, very positive step forward.
‘The race itself was probably the most tricky of the year as well. So yeah, just a tricky weekend.
‘But, you know, these are the weekends where you learn the most, trying to make that jump from practice to quali and also in these conditions — I don’t think it gets too much harder than Monaco in the rain on slicks. So yeah, happy with that.’
Piastri said that having race leader Max Verstappen in front of him when the weather turned nasty was very convenient.
‘Having Max right in front of me was actually quite useful in some ways,’ Piastri explained.
‘That was my first time on slicks on a rainy track, in an F1 car, and having Max there… I obviously knew that if there’s going to be anyone that’s probably going to be okay, it’s probably going to be him.’
The Aussie admitted there were a few close shaves where he almost came undone.
Piastri said that having race leader Max Verstappen in front of him when the weather turned nasty was very convenient
The Aussie’s second points finish of the season moves him to 13th in the drivers’ championship
‘I don’t think there were any touches, but some very, very close moments, especially when we were on the slicks,’ he said.
‘One time, I got keyed up on the radio to talk and almost put it on the wall mid-sentence!
‘I won’t do that next time. But yeah, a few close calls.’
Piastri’s second top ten finish of the season moves him to 13th in the drivers’ championship, while McLaren is sixth.