Brown pinpoints Piastri deficiency compared to Norris

Zak Brown says Oscar Piastri lacks consistency in Formula 1 due to his lack of experience, but believes the Australian is on par with his team-mate Lando Norris.

The McLaren Racing CEO oversaw the latter's maiden Grand Prix win at the Miami Grand Prix, having come close twice in 2021 following his Formula 1 debut in 2019.

While Piastri beat Norris to his first win – at the Qatar Grand Prix last season – Brown feels the 23-year-old still has a long way to go before he can keep up with his more experienced team-mate week after week.

“If you look at Lando [Norris] The first year and a half, Oscar [Piastri] “It kind of matched up,” he told Tom Clarkson on the Beyond the Grid Podcast.

“So when Lando is really strong, he rarely makes a mistake, and his race management is fantastic. And what you can see in Oscar, is that he can do everything Lando can do, and sometimes he doesn't.

“But I think it adds to the lack of experience – the lack of consistency, and it's very difficult to manage these tires. So I think he'll keep getting better.”

Piastri just needs experience

Piastri received high praise ahead of his Formula 1 debut at the start of the 2023 season. After being part of Alpine's junior programme, he moved to McLaren when he failed to secure a Formula 1 seat with the French team in the time frame he and his manager Mark Webber desired, prompting It led to the infamous “Biasco” saga.

After joining Woking, the 23-year-old has impressed, proving he can match Norris when given the opportunity, despite it being his first season at the top level.

Norris has long been considered a 'winner in waiting' in Formula 1 and Brawn also considers him a championship-caliber driver, feeling Piastri can operate at the same level, something the 52-year-old Australian believes he will start doing more consistently.

He stressed: “I think Lando is as good as anyone else in Formula 1.” “And I think Oscar is the right fit for Lando. He's not there yet – what we're seeing now is that he could be, but he has some inconsistencies. Tire management, but these things only come with experience.

“That's why I'm so excited about our driver line-up. I think we have two of the best drivers in Formula 1.”


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