Oscar Piastri makes ‘pretty useless’ admission

McLaren's rising star Oscar Piastri has discussed life beyond the grid in an interview with the team’s social media team.

In a candid interview with McLaren’s official social media channel, Australian sensation Oscar Piastri, who has been making waves in his debut Formula 1 season, shared insights into his career and personal aspirations. 

Piastri, who recently inked a contract extension with McLaren, revealed that he might have pursued a career as an engineer if he hadn’t found success in motorsports.

The 22-year-old driver has captivated the F1 world with his remarkable performances, contributing significantly to McLaren’s bid for a top-four finish in the constructors’ championship. 

Piastri achieved a milestone in his career with his maiden podium finish at the Japanese Grand Prix.

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Reflecting on his potential alternate career path, Piastri humorously quipped, “Pretty useless! But I’d probably want to be an engineer.” 

This admission showcases his modesty and practical outlook on life beyond the fast-paced world of Formula 1.

Piastri’s impressive rookie season has seen him accumulate 57 points, currently placing him ninth in the drivers’ championship standings. 

His stellar performance at the Suzuka circuit, where he secured a front-row start, had fans on the edge of their seats, hinting at the possibility of a race win in the near future. 

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However, Piastri’s first-ever podium finish in Japan was a cause for celebration in its own right.

When asked about his most cherished memory in Formula 1, Piastri surprised many by harking back to a time before he became a professional driver. 

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He fondly recalled, “Being a grid kid at the Australian Grand Prix.” 

With 16 races in the bag, Piastri secured his first Grand Prix podium in Japan, crossing the line in P3 behind his teammate Lando Norris and Max Verstappen. 

Across the season, the Australian driver has enjoyed seven top ten finishes and only suffered two retirements, leaving him in 9th in the Drivers’ Standings with 57 points.