“A rookie that has a degree of rustiness”- McLaren CEO roots for giving sufficient time to Oscar Piastri to settle in team

McLaren CEO Zak Brown believes Oscar Piastri should be given his due time to come to terms with the team and the sport before jumping to conclusions about his performances.

Brown was asked about Oscar Piastri at Bathurst by Speedcafe and RacingNews365.com. The American showed great admiration for the youngster and felt Oscar’s record speaks for itself. He also admitted that Piastri is still a rookie and should be given time to adjust to the new conditions. He said:

“Oscar’s track record to date speaks for itself. I think it’s important that we recognize that he’s a rookie who spent a year away from racing. He’ll be like everyone else, a rookie who’s a bit rusty from not racing. But he’s a huge talent so we just have to give him time.”

The McLaren CEO also stressed that the Australian should not be put under too much pressure and should not be seen as ‘Daniel Ricciardo’s replacement’. He said:

“What we have to do is not put too much pressure on him or make comparisons; ‘He fills in Daniel’s shoes [etc..]’ none of that stuff. We just have to let him settle in and support him.”

Brown continued:

“If you come to McLaren and come the way he came in, between the Daniel situation and Alpine’s situation, it’s going to be top-flight. While fans and media will be quick to comment, we need to give him time as a rookie to settle in.”

Discussing the young Australian’s signing, the McLaren CEO admitted that Andreas Seidl (McLaren team principal) was responsible for the signing as he was the one Brown consulted in making the decision. He said:

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“Andreas is the one I ultimately lean on to bring forward what he wants as a driver line-up. We both think very similarly, I can’t make any decisions that we haven’t agreed on whether it’s a driver or another performance related [decisions].”

He further added:

“It was Andreas who recruited him [Piastri] and had this relationship with Mark Webber. I obviously saw him [Piastri] Breed, know his background but thanks to Andreas for tying him up. His CV to date speaks for itself and it was Andreas who made the recommendation, which I fully endorsed.”

What distinguished Oscar Piastri for the McLaren CEO?

When asked what stood out about Oscar Piastri for Zak Brown, the American said that the way Piastri has maturely handled the whole situation with Alpine and Daniel Ricciardo is what sets the rider apart at the moment. brown said:

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“Maturity for the 21-year-old. I’ve been really impressed with how he’s struggled through this situation this year. It’s been a lot of pressure for a 21-year-old and he seems like a tough character.”

Oscar Piastri will join Lando Norris at McLaren from the 2023 F1 season. He will replace fellow Australian Daniel Ricciardo in the team.

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