Home hero Oscar Piastri thrilled for maiden Australian Grand Prix with ‘special feeling’

Melbourne-born Formula One driver Oscar Piastri is eagerly anticipating his first home race this weekend at the Albert Park Circuit. Piastri is a rookie in the sport, having recently made his debut in Bahrain before finishing 15th in Saudi Arabia. He hopes to score his first F1 points in front of his home crowd.

Piastri grew up in the Melbourne suburb of Brighton, making this race even more special for the young driver. He expressed his excitement for the event, saying, “It’s great to be heading to Melbourne for my home Grand Prix…It’s set to be a fantastic atmosphere and I can’t wait to get there and be a part of it.”

The McLaren driver, however, is aware of the challenges ahead, with McLaren yet to score a point this season. Piastri acknowledged the team’s struggles but remains optimistic. “Securing a starting position of P8 in my second-ever F1 quali and ticking another box by finishing a full Grand Prix was extremely satisfying in Jeddah, although Sunday was not seamless. There is a long way to go this season. We’ll keep on pushing hard as a team and my learning curve continues.”

Piastri is not the only Australian driver making his debut at Albert Park this weekend. F2 driver Jack Doohan, as well as F3 drivers Christian Mansell, Hugh Barter, and Tommy Smith, are all set to race at the event.