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Oscar Piastri, McLaren
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How F1’s new cool customer vindicated his McLaren gamble

Since Kimi Raikkonen hung up his helmet, Formula 1 has had a vacancy for a super-quick, super-chilled superstar. OLEG KARPOV admits it’s early days yet for Oscar Piastri, but the McLaren rookie is as cool as you like while being blisteringly quick…

“Yeah, not the best pace I’ve ever displayed in the world, but I’ll enjoy the trophy for now.”

No screams, no gasps, no unintelligible exclamations, no tearful hyperbole for the commercial rights holder to splash across its social channels. Just the usual calm and measured message from Oscar Piastri to his engineer on the team radio – only this time it was in response to securing his first-ever F1 podium, at Suzuka, one of the most challenging tracks on the calendar.

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