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Oscar Piastri, McLaren
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Why Piastri’s F1 homecoming will be a landmark occasion

Oscar Piastri’s first F1 race in Australia, just 10 minutes from his family home, will be something to be savoured by the young rookie. But, as BEN EDWARDS explains, the McLaren driver has got a difficult job ahead of him

A kid who grows up with a Formula 1 event happening once a year just down the road falls in love with motor racing and begins karting at a young age. Within a few years, the climb up the ladder has begun, and the talented youngster soars to the top of every category. Suddenly, he wakes up in his local community in his early twenties ready to take on one of the biggest races of his life.

All of this happened to Charles Leclerc, who was born in Monaco and raced in F1 there for the first time in 2018. It is a pattern about to be repeated by Melbourne’s Oscar Piastri - and the level of support he is going to receive from one of the biggest crowds of the year will be truly inspiring.

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