McLaren, the renowned British Formula 1 team, has today announced a significant and exciting development in its racing lineup. The team has officially extended the contract of the talented Australian driver, Oscar Piastri, ensuring that he will continue to be an integral part of the McLaren family until at least the end of 2026.
This contract extension marks a strong vote of confidence in Piastri’s abilities. He initially joined McLaren with a multi-year agreement to make his Formula 1 debut in the 2024 season. However, Piastri’s outstanding performances in the 2023 season have been nothing short of exceptional. Prompting McLaren to secure his services for the long term.Embed from Getty Images
At just 22 years old, Oscar Piastri has been making waves in the world of Formula 1. His breakout moment came when he clinched second place in the Sprint race at the challenging Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium. Impressively, he has also managed to secure points in six races during the 2023 season. Including a remarkable seventh-place finish in Singapore after starting from 17th on the grid.
Team Principal Andrea Stella on Oscar Piastri
Team Principal Andrea Stella expressed his enthusiasm for the contract extension, stating. “It’s fantastic to confirm that Oscar has signed a multi-year extension with the team. Oscar is an asset to McLaren and constantly impresses with his performance, work ethic, and attitude, so it was an easy decision for the team to make.”
The sentiment echoed by McLaren CEO Zak Brown. He has highlighted Piastri’s contribution to the team’s resurgence in the current season. Brown said. “Oscar is already proving what he can do out on track and has been instrumental in the turnaround we’ve had so far this season. He’s fit into the team brilliantly and is really valued by the whole McLaren Racing family.”
For Oscar Piastri, this contract extension represents an exciting opportunity to continue his journey with a team that he has quickly come to regard as home. He shared his excitement, stating, “I am thrilled to be extending my partnership with McLaren for many years. I want to be fighting it out at the front of the grid with this team and I am excited by the vision and foundations that are already being laid to get us there.”
Piastri’s relationship with McLaren has been marked by trust and mutual belief. He added, “The team’s consistent commitment in me has made me feel incredibly valued, and the desire from the team for me to be part of its long-term future made this an easy decision.”
Stability is a crucial advantage for any young driver in the competitive world of Formula 1. Piastri recognizes the significance of this opportunity. “Stability is a huge advantage in this early part of my career, and to have that with a brand as prestigious as McLaren gives me the opportunity to continue the work that we’ve started,” he emphasized.
Oscar Piastri will continue to share the McLaren garage with his teammate, the talented British driver Lando Norris. Norris, who has achieved second-place finishes three times in the 2023 season. He has his own contract with McLaren secured until at least the end of 2025. This partnership promises to be a dynamic and exciting combination for McLaren as they strive to compete at the highest level of Formula 1.
McLaren’s decision to extend Oscar Piastri’s contract is a testament to the young Australian’s immense talent. It shows the impact he has already made in his rookie season. With Piastri and Norris at the helm. McLaren is setting the stage for a promising future filled with success and memorable moments on the Formula 1 grid. Motorsport enthusiasts around the world eagerly anticipate the continued growth and achievements of this exceptional team.