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McLaren to give Piastri more tests in new year · RaceFans

McLaren’s new driver Oscar Piastri will get as a lot observe time as potential earlier than testing to assist put together him for his rookie season, says workforce principal Andreas Seidl.

Piastri – previously an Alpine junior driver – didn’t race this season after successful the 2021 Formula 2 championship. McLaren signed him for 2023 after the British Grand Prix in July, to exchange Daniel Ricciardo.

Piastri accomplished a number of check days in Alpine’s 2021-spec A521 over the course of the yr. Alpine then allowed McLaren to provide him a day’s operating in one among their year-old automobiles at Paul Ricard, with the intention to put together him to drive for his new workforce within the post-season tyre check day in Abu Dhabi.

Following Piastri’s first expertise of a 2022 automotive, Seidl says McLaren plan extra outings for him earlier than pre-season testing for 2023 begins.

“I’m sure we will look also into giving him some mileage in the old car again in January or February,” Seidl mentioned. “Simply to make sure he’s used to the Formula 1 machinery as much as possible with all the limitations you have nowadays in terms of testing.”

With Piastri becoming a member of McLaren as a rookie subsequent season, Seidl says the workforce purpose to make sure he’s as well-prepared to race as potential earlier than the primary spherical in Bahrain.

“With next year’s car, the objective is clear: We want to make sure that with the hard work we put in together with him, that he goes to the first race in Bahrain and it doesn’t actually feel like the first race for him,” Seidl defined.

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“It’s a lot of hard work ahead of us. But we’re an experienced team, we know exactly which boxes we have to tick. Oscar’s a very talented driver – a great personality as well, a great character, so we’re looking forward to getting going with him.”

McLaren opted to conclude its contract with Ricciardo a yr early attributable to his constant underperformance relative to his workforce mate, Lando Norris. However, Ricciardo’s persona and work ethic earned reward from his workforce principal. Seidl says that he expects to get pleasure from an equally sturdy relationship with Piastri subsequent season.

“Obviously, each each driver is different. Different personality, different character,” Seidl mentioned.

“That could end up in, let’s say, a different relationship also between the two guys. But it doesn’t necessarily mean that one or the other type of relationship is a better or a worse one. In the end, the way Lando is – as a guy, as a character, as a person, as a driver – the way we got to know Oscar so far, I don’t expect any issues there.

“We have one common mission together. We want to make sure that with the work everyone is putting in and the commitment everyone is putting in, that we simply keep moving forward as a team.

“Because in order to fulfil our dreams – the dreams of the two guys – we need to end up in being the best team in the paddock and have the best car available. In order to do that, you need a lot of teamwork between everyone involved and that will be the focus.”

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