McLaren Confirm Oscar Piastri Will Be Joining Them For 2023
Just before FP2 started at the Dutch Grand Prix today, McLaren made the announcement that former Alpine development driver, Oscar Piastri signed to join the team back in July.
McLaren Racing CEO, Zak Brown, said about the new addition to the team:
“Oscar is one of the up-and-coming talents coming through the feeder series into F1 and we are delighted to see him join the team for 2023,”
“Winning both F3 and F2 in successive rookie seasons is a real achievement and testament to his talent in single-seater racing.
“In Lando and Oscar we have a young, exciting F1 line-up with a huge amount of potential, standing us in good stead to achieve our future ambitions.
“Oscar is an exciting addition to the McLaren family, and we look forward to seeing him grow with our F1 team.”
Max Verstappen Suffered Gear Box Issues During FP1 At Dutch GP
Red Bull's Max Verstappen encountered gearbox issues during FP1 today, much to the crowds disappointment.
Red Bull team principal, Christian Horner explained that Verstappen lost drive whilst shifting gear. In the attempt to save the car from further damage, Verstappen was instructed to stop the car as soon as possible and he had to return to the pits and not continue with the practice.
Mick Schumacher's Best Chance Of An F1 Seat In 2023 Looks To Be Haas
Mick Schumacher's name has been thrown in the pot for many teams discussions for seats for the 2023 season, however, with many of those spots taken or being more favourable to other drivers, it is looking like Haas is still the best option for the young German driver.
Haas team principal, Guenther Steiner, has said that the team is open to keeping Schumacher on the team.
Carlos Sainz Explains He Feels Ferrari Is Competitive Again
After achieving the third fastest time in FP1 today and then the fastest in FP2 at the Dutch Grand Prix, Ferrari's Carlos Sainz said he felt that they were back to being competitive:
"It’s great to be back at such a challenging track, demanding as it is. I enjoyed... driving out there, even better when you look at the times we did out there. It felt like we were back to being competitive after such a difficult weekend in Spa, but also very surprised with how quick everyone is."