Piastri happy to finally join McLaren

Testing day in Abu Dhabi marked the beginning of Oscar Piastri’s full collaboration with the McLaren team; on Tuesday, the Australian drove 123 laps or 650 km on the Yas Marina track, which is more than two Grand Prix distances.

Oscar Piastri (14th): “Good first day with McLaren – I think we learned a lot. It’s great to finally join this team, and thanks to her for a fruitful day of work on the track. We drove a lot of circles and conducted various experiments – that’s what the day was devoted to.

I got a pretty clear idea of ​​what areas need to improve in preparation for the upcoming season. I liked everything, I’m glad to be back behind the wheel and get the experience of piloting the 2022 car. Next week at the base in Woking I will meet the whole team, after which I will have a short break, and then I will return to work with McLaren and prepare for 2023.

Lando Norris (18th): “Useful day. It’s good that we spent some time working with these tires to help Pirelli in their preparations for next year, but we also collected important information about their behavior on the track.

We have worked quite productively, and now the season is over. Thanks to Pirelli and all our team for the work! Ahead of the winter off-season, when we will prepare for the championship in 2023, making every effort to ensure that from the very beginning of the championship our affairs have developed successfully.”

Andrea Stella, CEO of McLaren Racing: “It was a productive day of testing in Abu Dhabi, we managed to get a lot of important work done. First of all, it’s great that Oscar got behind the wheel of the MCL36 – the process of its integration with McLaren has begun.

His main task today was to drive as many circles as possible and start to adapt to the team. Speaking of Lando, it would be good for him to get information about Pirelli tires ahead of 2023.

Oscar completed 123 laps, Lando 115, and I thank the racing crew, all the employees of the Woking base, as well as the riders for the work done today. The long season is over, the racing crew is returning to the McLaren Technology Center and then going on vacation, they really deserve it, and now it’s time to recuperate, because they will all be needed in 2023.

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