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Why Piastri being "almost constantly a little unhappy" pre-F1 debut pleases McLaren

OPINION: Having gone through a public tug-of-war over his 2023 services between Alpine and McLaren, Oscar Piastri’s upcoming Formula 1 debut is eagerly anticipated. But, judging by the initial impression revealed by his new orange team, he’s far from overawed

Two teams have already gone to court over securing his services. He’s left the squad that brought him through the junior ranks and drawn critical comment from some of biggest characters in the paddock regarding his character. All even while he’s yet to drive a Formula 1 car in competition. No pressure then, Oscar Piastri...

Unsurprisingly for a driver that left home at 14 to follow their dream half a world away, he doesn’t view it that way. When Autosport asks what he makes of the impression created by the Alpine-McLaren tug-of-war over getting him into a 2023 F1 race seat last summer, which he refers to as “the drama”, Piastri is unequivocal: “I don't think it adds any pressure”.

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