McLaren extends Oscar Piastri's contract

McLaren F1 extend Oscar Piastri’s contract

September 20, 2023

British Formula One team McLaren have announced that Oscar Piastri will stay on with them until the end of the 2026 season, following a multi-year contract extension agreement with the Australian driver.

Piastri signed with McLaren on a multi-year deal at the end of 2022 and made his debut at the 2023 Bahrain Grand Prix. He has gone on to have stellar performances in his rookie season, taking second place at the 2023 Belgian Grand Prix Sprint, and has had six points finishes till now, helping McLaren stay in the fight with Aston Martin for the fourth place in the Constructors’ Championship. 

Piastri will partner Lando Norris until the end of the 2025 F1 season at least, which is when the latter’s contract with McLaren expires.  

Also read: An Oscar Piastri Exclusive

Oscar Piastri said:

I am thrilled to be extending my partnership with McLaren for many years. I want to be fighting it out at the front of the grid with this team and I am excited by the vision and foundations that are already being laid to get us there. The welcome that I have received and the relationships that I have built make this feel like home already. The team’s consistent commitment in me has made me feel incredibly valued and the desire from the team for me to be part of its long-term future made this an easy decision. To be wanted like that and for the team to show so much belief in me after just half a season, means a lot.  

Ever since the Abu Dhabi Young Driver Test last year, I feel a real part of all things papaya and my thanks go to everyone in and around the team as well as all the fans.  Stability is a huge advantage in this early part of my career and to have that with a brand as prestigious as McLaren gives me the opportunity to continue the work that we’ve started. We’ve enjoyed some good moments together in my rookie season, but I’m excited to work together with everyone at MTC over the coming years to create some great moments.

Andrea Stella, Team Principal, McLaren F1, commented:

It’s fantastic to confirm that Oscar has signed a multi-year extension with the team. Oscar is an asset to McLaren and constantly impresses with his performance, work ethic and attitude, so it was an easy decision for the team to make. He has already proved pivotal to the team, so it’s brilliant to have his vote of confidence as we push to win championships again in the future. I look forward to seeing him develop with us as we continue this journey together.

Zak Brown, CEO, McLaren Racing, said:

I’m delighted to be continuing our partnership with Oscar through to the end of 2026. He’s an incredible talent and an asset to the team so it’s fantastic to be committing to each other in the long term. Oscar is already proving what he can do out on track and has been instrumental in the turnaround we’ve had so far this season. He fits into the team brilliantly and is really valued by the whole McLaren Racing family. I’m excited to see how he continues to grow both on and off track.

Aditya Chaudhuri

Hailing from the City of Joy, the things that bring me joy are cricket, a good non-tilt CS:GO session, F1 and movies.

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