It’s for good reason too as Piastri has been able to keep up with Lando Norris in his rookie season having scored points in six races for a fourth-place best finish at Silverstone. Not to mention all the hassle and effort required to snag Piastri from Alpine.
“I am thrilled to be extending my partnership with McLaren for many years,” Piastri said. “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.”
Team principal, Andrea Stella, added his own enthusiasm to the agreement.
“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.”
With this deal, McLaren’s future is locked in and now with their own wind tunnel built, there is no excuse for the team not to be challenging for wins in the coming years. They have the talent, now they just need to deliver the machinery. The only hiccup the team may see is when Norris decides what to do once his contract runs its course at the end of 2025, as a host of F1 teams have their eye on him including Ferrari, Red Bull, and Aston Martin.