Inside Oscar Piastri and McLaren’s Spanish Grand Prix horror show: How optimism turned to disaster as season from hell continues for Aussie and teammate Lando Norris

McLaren’s downward spiral has continued at the Spanish Grand Prix with a race-ruining early accident for Lando Norris and another afternoon scrabbling in the bottom half of the field for Oscar Piastri. Norris had been left stunned by finishing third in qualifying and Piastri felt he would have been higher than 10th but for one mistake on his key Q3 run. ‘I messed things up on lap one,’ Norris said, making it clear it hadn’t been Hamilton’s fault before painting a gloomy picture of McLaren’s prospects. ‘It was a difficult afternoon, unfortunately, more difficult than we thought,’ the 22-year-old said. ‘A lot of teams have brought upgrades to the last few races and we haven’t,’ Norris said. ‘We are not expecting anything more than we are doing and if we get in the points it is an amazing day – but the expectation is that we won’t.

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