New F1 star Oscar Piastri reveals his pride at being ‘the only Aussie on the grid’…but admits he may be a little ‘rusty’ when he returns to the track after 18-month break

Oscar Piastri is relishing the ‘special feeling’ of being the only Australian on the Formula 1 grid this season, but conceded it may take him a while to get up to speed with his competitors. The 21-year-old has replaced Daniel Ricciardo at McLaren after spending last season as the reserve driver for Alpine. ‘It is nice to be the next Aussie into F1, there is usually only one of us at a time, so to be the Aussie on the grid now is a special feeling,’ Piastri said on Tuesday at the launch of McLaren’s car for the 2023 season.

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