Oscar Piastri secures P3 at the British Grand Prix as Max Verstappen takes pole
BREAKING NEWS: Oscar Piastri secures the best qualifying position of his Formula 1 career as the young Australian qualifies in P3 for the British Grand Prix
- Oscar Piastri has qualified in P3 for the British Grand Prix
- It is his best qualifying session of his Formula 1 career
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Oscar Piastri will start the British Grand Prix from P3 after the Australian youngster had the best qualifying session of his early Formula 1 career at Silverstone.
Piastri, 22, replaced compatriot Daniel Ricciardo at McLaren for the 2023 season, and while he has shown promising signs so far, he has yet to make a statement to the rest of the grid.
But that changed on Saturday when Piastri – sporting brand new upgrades to his McLaren car – placed himself on the second row of the grid at Silverstone after clocking the third fastest time in qualifying.
His teammate, Lando Norris, secured P2 behind championship leader Max Verstappen on pole.
Earlier this week, Piastri agent Mark Webber told Mail Sport he was incredibly impressed with the youngster’s performance in his debut season.
“He’s been driving fantastic so far this season,” said Webber. McLaren has been brilliant with him and the same can be said about Lando Norris.
It was an extremely positive start, but it is a tough job to compete against Lando, one of the best drivers in the world.
Piastri scored his first points in Formula 1 in front of his home crowd in Melbourne in April and finished eighth when Max Verstappen took the black and white checkered flag behind the safety car after the race was stopped for a third time with two laps to go after a big crash at the first turn.
In scoring his first Formula 1 points in his home GP, Piastri followed Webber, who finished fifth with Minardi at the end of a race of similar incidents at Albert Park in 2002 on his debut in the sport.
Six weeks after his performance in Melbourne, Piastri finished 10th in Monaco behind teammate Lando Norris and just missed out on points in Azerbaijan and Canada, finishing 11th both times.
Aside from stopping in Bahrain in the season opener due to electrical issues, Piastri has shown remarkable consistency so far, finishing all of the next eight races.
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