Oscar Piastri’s mum, Nicole, was quick to joke about her son’s first Formula 1 podium, which he achieved last weekend at the Japanese Grand Prix.
Piastri won’t forget the Japanese GP for a very long time, with it having been a hugely memorable weekend for him.
Ahead of the weekend at Suzuka, McLaren confirmed that Piastri had signed a contract extension with the side, keeping him in the papaya colours until at least the end of 2026.
It means that Piastri will enter the new power unit regulations with the Woking-based team, something Lando Norris isn’t contracted for yet (his deal ends on 2025).
The new contract clearly gave Piastri a huge boost, with him having put his MCL60 on the front row for last Sunday’s race.
He qualified P2 alongside reigning World Champion Max Verstappen, whilst Norris was behind in third.
Unfortunately for Piastri, he slipped behind his team-mate on the run into the opening corner, putting him into third.
This is where the 22-year-old went onto finish, to secure his maiden F1 podium.
He admitted afterwards that he’d “never forget” the race and behind “drowned” in champagne by his team-mate.
“It’s definitely been a pretty special week,” Piastri admitted, as reported by the Daily Mail.
“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.”
Piastri added: “For now I’ll enjoy the trophy. I’ve been drowned by Lando in champagne – which is a nice problem to have.”
Unfortunately for the Aussie, his mum wasn’t trackside to see him claim a podium, having opted to watch from behind the sofa.
McLaren CEO Zak Brown did offer to fly her to Suzuka, but Nicole politely rejected the offer.
However, she was quick to congratulate her son after the race, to her rapidly growing social media audience.
Nicole jokingly questioned if she can now “get rid” of some of Piastri’s very old trophies, dating back to 2010.
“Nice work today Osc,” wrote Nicole, whilst also posting a photo which included a selection of the McLaren driver’s trophies.
“Does this mean I can get rid of some of these finally?”