Piastri not content with being close to team mate Norris
McLaren rookie Oscar Piastri says he is eager to try and beat his more experienced team mate Lando Norris instead of simply matching him.
Piastri qualified directly behind Norris in both Silverstone and the Hungaroring and out-qualified Norris in grand prix qualifying at Spa-Francorchamps. However, Piastri says he’s not content with simply performing on a similar level to Norris.
“I don’t want to just be close to Lando, of course,” Piastri said. “I want to try and beat him.
“It’s not an easy task. I think we all know how good Lando is, but I don’t want to just settle there. It’s been nice to be so close, but until you’re beating your team-mate, you’re always going to feel like there’s more to come.”
Lundqvist to make IndyCar oval debut
Rookie IndyCar driver and last season’s Indy Lights champion Linus Lundqvist will step into Simon Pagenaud’s Meyer Shank Racing car for this weekend’s oval race at Gateway.
Pagenaud has missed the last six IndyCar races after a violent accident in practice at Mid-Ohio. Lundqvist has stepped in for Pagenaud at Nashville at the most recent race at the Indianapolis road course. His race at Gateway will be his first on an oval.
“I know that it is going to be tough and tricky, but I know the team is going to give me a good car to have a solid result like we had at Indy,” Lundqvist said.
“I’m also very much looking forward to working with Helio [Castroneves] as a teammate. Working with him on an oval is something that every driver would want to do and I’m just going to learn from it as much as I can this weekend.”
F1 esports champion Blakeley wins first car race
Reigning F1 esports world champion Lucas Blakeley won his first race in cars at Brands Hatch in British Formula Ford 1600 at Brands Hatch.
Blakeley, who won the 2022 F1 esports pro championship with McLaren last year, has been competing in the Formula Ford series for the last two seasons. He took victory in the third race at Brands Hatch Indy at the weekend, winning from fourth on the grid.
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