Mark Webber believes it will take time for Oscar Piastri to get used to the “Formula 1 juggernaut” as the 21-year-old is thrust into the spotlight of world sport.
Piastri’s entry into F1 has already been greeted with anticipation following the contract saga between him and Alpine over his services for 2023.
The Aussie was duly announced as a replacement for Fernando Alonso’s departure from Alpine, before denying the claim on social media in a post that went viral. now been liked nearly 400,000 times.
In an interview with SpeedcafePiastri’s manager and former F1 driver Mark Webber thinks it will take time for him to adjust to the lifestyle.
“He’s quite different from Daniel, I think Oscar is quite reserved,” he said when asked about Piastri’s character. “I would say that everyone has their own character.
“Sebastien [Vettel] as a world champion is very different from what he was at the end of his career. Charles [Leclerc]maximum [Verstappen]they all have their own little quirks and their own style of how they go about it.”
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Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo were both 19 when they made their F1 debuts, something Webber drew comparisons to as they took some time to establish themselves on the grid.
He continued: “With Oscar, he’s new to the sport, he’s going to have his first season next year. No matter what driver you are, obviously it takes time to get used to the sport, the juggernaut, the travel, the media.
“When Lando arrived he was a rabbit in a lighthouse, same for Daniel probably a bit at HRT and Toro Rosso for a while.
“But Oscar is very reserved, incredibly professional, diligent – which is what we see in all junior categories – and very frugal with his words. As my wife said, ‘He’s the most sophisticated Aussie ever. went racing abroad!'”
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