Oscar Piastri, an inexplicable poor performance in Barcelona

When his teammate Lando Norris took pole position and fought for victory in Spain, the Australian was conspicuously absent from the proceedings. A laborious weekend that he struggles to explain.

Published on 25/06/2024 à 12:38

Dorian Grangier

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Oscar Piastri, an inexplicable poor performance in Barcelona

Far from the success encountered by Lando Norris in Spain, Oscar piastri had a very anonymous meeting in Barcelona. The young Australian was out of contention throughout the weekend. In qualifying first: the driver McLaren did not register any time in Q3, with a first time canceled for non-compliance with track limits, then a second attempt aborted after an error in the third sector.

Forced to start ninth when at the same time, Lando Norris started from pole position, Oscar Piastri remained stuck in the middle of the peloton, fighting against the Alpine and facing the Red Bull by Sergio Pérez. Seventh at the checkered flag, the Melbourne native noted “a bit of a difficult weekend” at the finish of the Spanish Grand Prix.

“I think 7th place was pretty realistic [a result] before the race. I got closer to Carlos [Sainz] in the end, but I just didn't have the pace this weekend in general, so I need to figure out why that was the case, underlines the 23-year-old pilot. Obviously when you qualify that far it makes life very difficult, so you just have to understand why it was so difficult. »

Piastri without explanation

Disillusioned by his Catalan poor performance, Oscar Piastri could not find an explanation for his lack of rhythm. “I think some things are explainable, but others may not make as much sense at the moment, but we haven't studied it in detail yet. So I think there are some clues here and there, but I think the scale of these difficulties has been greater than what makes sense at the moment, and so we need to understand why this was the case. »

A simple error in the course – so far without fault – of the Australian this season? Difficult to think otherwise, especially considering previous performances (2nd in Monaco, 5th in Canada). Obviously, the comparison with Lando Norris is hard to take after such a weekend, but let's not forget that the young Aussie is only in his second season in Formula 1.

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Dorian Grangier

A young journalist nostalgic for the motorsport of yesteryear. Raised on the exploits of Sébastien Loeb and Fernando Alonso.

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Thierry Pingret

25/06/2024 at 05:09 a.m.

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