Mark Webber: “Drivers must race” / Formula 1

Former GP driver Mark Webber is now Oscar Piastri’s paddock supervisor. The Australian just lately revealed why his protégé determined to change to GP with McLaren.


Oscar Piastri initially belonged to the Alpine junior staff, however the Melbourne-based younger racing driver will struggle for a spot in Formula 1 not with the French staff, however with the McLaren staff from Woking. Because these in command of Alpine wished to position the 21-year-old first in Williams and proceed with Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso.

The latter, nonetheless, had completely different concepts in regards to the obligatory size of the contract, and due to this fact lastly determined to interchange Sebastian Vettel at Aston Martin. Alpine acted shortly and introduced that Piastri can be promoted to common driver for the 2023 season, however distinctive expertise dominated out a correct contract.

Because he had already agreed with McLaren. As the French have been unable to steer Piastre to signal the contract and imagine him to remain, they tried earlier than the related FIA Contract Disputes Arbitration Board, however have been in the end unsuccessful.

Piastri selected the British staff as his supervisor Mark Webber defined to a Speedcafe colleague. “Obviously he thought he was going to interchange Daniel Ricciardo, however he knew if he did not it will be a special driver.”

“He was presupposed to be driving in 2022 and that made all of the distinction. Because he handed a number of exams, however pilots should compete – and it affected him. McLaren wished it and it was the primary. It goes a great distance, it is essential that you really want them and talk overtly and clearly about their plans,” says the previous GP star.

Piastri himself mentioned: “I hope to get an excellent lead to Bahrain. Personally, I wish to be taught as a lot as doable. It can be a bonus if we might nonetheless get good outcomes alongside the best way. I feel I nonetheless have rather a lot to be taught. If I attempt to be taught as a lot as I can, there ought to be good outcomes. So I wish to do all the things proper and begin properly and ensure it is enjoyable.”

Oscar Piastri will participate in his first GP race for McLaren in Bahrain.

Formula 1 2023

February 3: Red Bull Racing in New York
February 06: Williams Online (stay solely)
February 7: Alfa Romeo Racing in Zurich
February 11: AlphaTauri in New York (Live Only)
February 13: McLaren at Woking
February 13: Aston Martin at Silverstone
February 14: Ferrari at Maranello
February 15: Mercedes at Silverstone
February 16: Alpine in London

winter take a look at
February 23-25: Bahrain International Circuit

Formula 1 World Championship calendar
05.03. Bahrain GP, ​​Bahrain International Circuit, Sahir
19.03 Saudi Arabian GP, ​​Jeddah Corniche Circuit, Jeddah
02.04. Australian GP, ​​Albert Park Circuit, Melbourne
04/30 Azerbaijan GP, ​​Baku City Circle, Baku*
07.05. Miami GP, Miami International Speedway, Miami
21.05 Emilia Romagna GP, Autodromo Enzo and Dino Ferrari, Imola
28.05 Monaco GP, Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo
04.06. Spanish GP, Circuit de Barcelona-Catalonia, Montmelo
18.06 The Canadian Doctor, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal
02.07. Austrian GP, ​​Red Bull Ring, Spielberg*
09.07. British GP, Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone
23.07. Hungarian GP, ​​Hungary, Budapest
07/30 Belgian GP, ​​Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Spa*
27.08 Netherlands GP, Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort
03.09. Italian GP, ​​Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Monza
17.09 Singapore GP, Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore
24.09 Japan GP, ​​Suzuka International Racing Course, Suzuka
08.10. Qatar GP, Losail International Circuit, Doha*
22.10. Austin GP, ​​Circuit of the Americas, Austin*
29.10. Mexican GP, ​​Autodromo Herman Rodriguez, Mexico City
05.11. Brazilian GP, ​​Autodromo José Carlos Pace, Interlagos*
18.11. Las Vegas GP, Las Vegas Street Circuit, Las Vegas
26.11 Abu Dhabi GP, Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island

* Sprint format


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