- Nicole Piastri makes joke about son’s silverware
- Piastri took his first podium at Japanese GP
- F1 rookie says there’s plenty more to come
Aussie F1 rookie Oscar Piastri stunned the world at the Japanese Grand Prix over the weekend, but his mum Nicole has stolen the show yet again with a cheeky sledge at Oscar’s expense.
Piastri secured his first podium in Formula 1, finishing third at Sunday’s race at Suzuka to become the first rookie driver to stand on the dais in six years.
The McLaren young gun was thrilled with his performance and announced there was ‘more to come’ after the race.
It was a major milestone for the 22-year-old who revealed last week that he had signed a contract extension with McLaren until the end of 2026.
‘It’s definitely been a pretty special week,’ Piastri declared.
Piastri claimed his first podium in Formula 1, finishing third at Sunday’s GP at Suzuka
‘You never forget your first podium. There are not many people who get this opportunity in their whole life and I’ve managed to have it in my first season.’
‘For now I’ll enjoy the trophy. I’ve been drowned by Lando in champagne – which is a nice problem to have,’ he added.
Piastri’s mum, who has built a cult following on social media, quipped that she could finally throw away his childhood trophies.
‘Nice work today Osc,’ wrote Nicole, sharing a photo of her son’s awards.
‘Does this mean I can get rid of some of these finally?’
Nicole made headlines before the race by asking if anybody had a cheap flight to Japan to watch her son starting the race on the front row at Suzuka.
McLaren team boss, Zak Brown, said he’d be happy to organise the trip for Nicole, but she eventually declined the offer, stating: ‘Thank you for the kind offer, but I think it’s best that I have my anxiety attack in the comfort of my own home.’
Piastri, who was voted driver of the day by fans, said it wasn’t his best performance and that he had more to work on.
Nicole Piastri (pictured) asked if she could now throw out Oscar’s junior trophies
Piastri, who finished behind Red Bull star Max Verstappen and teammate Lando Norris, is the first rookie driver to stand on the dais in six years
‘There’s still a lot to learn and try and improve on,’ Piastri said.
‘It probably wasn’t my strongest Sunday. So you know, from that side of things, there’s still a few things I want to work on.
‘I just wasn’t quick enough at certain points of the race. These high-deg races are probably the biggest thing I need to try and work on at the moment.
‘It’s still quite fresh for me. In all the junior racing before this, there are no races like this. So the only way you can learn from it is by just doing the races.
‘Definitely a few things, had I had this race again, that I would have done a bit different, but that’s all part of the learning.
‘It’s exciting to know that we can finish on the podium, even if it feels like there’s more to come.’