Lando Norris’s lower than refined jab at Daniel Ricciardo because the McLaren driver says fellow Aussie Oscar Piastri is pushing him more durable forward of Miami GP
- Piastri and Norris are making ready for Miami GP
- Drivers have comparable occasions on the observe
- Norris says Piastri is pushing him more durable than Ricciardo
Ricciardo left McLaren in a messy divorce on the finish of 2022 and is now a reserve driver for Crimson Bull, hoping to crack again into an F1 driving place once more subsequent 12 months.
Norris and Piastri will likely be in search of higher outcomes on the Miami GP beginning at 5.30am Monday AEST after a sluggish begin to the season.
Piastri was poached by the workforce to exchange his compatriot regardless of having spent a 12 months on the sidelines as Alpine’s reserve driver, along with his three junior championships making him a gorgeous proposition however his lack of F1 expertise.
The Melburnian has to this point loved a commendable first few rounds, significantly in qualifying. Norris and Piastri are among the many most intently matched teammates on the grid.
McLaren’s Lando Norris (left) mentioned that new teammates Oscar Piastri was pushing him more durable than Daniel Ricciardo did
Norris and Ricciardo have been teammates for 2 years at McLaren earlier than the messy cut up that noticed fellow Aussie Piastri take Ricciardo’s place
After 4 rounds and 5 qualifying periods, the pair is cut up by a mean of simply 0.055 seconds. Solely the Mercedes and Alfa Romeo drivers have been cut up by much less.
The margin arguably flatters Piastri given he’s outqualified Norris solely as soon as this 12 months, on the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. The Briton crashed out of Q1 that weekend, blowing out the hole to 1.2 seconds for that spherical.
Nonetheless Norris mentioned the tight margins confirmed that the younger Aussie was pushing him more durable than Ricciardo did throughout his two-year stint at McLaren.
‘He is very quick,’ Norris mentioned of Piastri.
‘In all probability he has been pushing me slightly bit greater than the previous couple years. So yeah, pleasant.
‘He is a stunning man — all the way down to earth, regular man, exhausting employee and so forth. So it is good, enjoyable.
‘It is completely different to Daniel — I really feel like a little bit of a distinction of Australian — however nonetheless good enjoyable.’
Piastri is hoping to bounce again from sickness and enhance on his outcomes to this point on the Miami GP
Piastri will take to the Miami circuit tonight (AEST) for observe earlier than qualifying on Sunday and the race on Monday
Piastri is seeking to enhance on his tenth place in qualifying on the Azerbaijan Grand Prix and eleventh place total, spectacular outcomes contemplating the shocking health issues the younger Melbourne product needed to overcome.
Piastri needed to reside off 4 items of toast all weekend, shed three kilograms in weight with a abdomen bug, and was completely luckless on the observe over a number of gruelling, empty-handed days in Baku.
Now, match and wholesome, he is able to make an influence in Miami.
‘It is one other circuit on the calendar which has difficult options, however I’ve ready effectively by working exhausting within the [simulator],’ he mentioned.
‘In [Baku] it was disappointing to overlook out on factors by one place, however I am decided to complete the double-header in Miami with one other robust displaying.’