Piastri: A special podium in Senna colours

Piastri: A special podium in Senna colours

Oscar Piastri reflected on second place at the 2024 Monaco Grand Prix as McLaren continue their form at the sharp end of the field.

The Australian ultimately ended the race where he started, although a brilliant Qualifying performance meant he claimed second position and 18 valuable points for the Woking-based outfit he races for.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc won his home race at the sixth time of asking after failing to convert pole position into victory on two previous occasions. Piastri almost got past the Monegasque on the first lap after the race restart, initiated by a Red flag-inducing incident between Kevin Magnussen and Sergio Perez.

Speaking in McLaren‘s post race debrief, Piastri reflected on a mentally challenging race which saw very few in-race pitstops and no overtakes in the top ten. He said: “That was a tricky race. The pace at the beginning was incredibly slow. I had half a look before the tunnel but didn’t have a car small enough to fit through the gap.

“Thanks to the whole team who have worked so hard. It’s been a great weekend all around,” stated the 23-year-old.

Achieving a podium finish in an Ayrton Senna tribute-liveried McLaren MCL38 added to the occasion: “What better place to get a result like that than Monaco.

“It’s special to achieve a podium in Senna’s colours, too, given his incredible record around these streets.”

Norris: We did what we could

Piastri: A special podium in Senna colours

Piastri’s teammate, Briton Lando Norris, just missed out on a podium but nonetheless scored 12 more points for McLaren with fourth place at the flag. Much like his teammate, Norris spent much of the race staring at the back of a Ferrari though he couldn’t find a gap big enough to get past the scarlet red car ahead of him.

After a surprise win at the Miami Grand Prix and P2 at the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix, Norris appeared slightly disappointed to not make the podium celebrations this time round.

Speaking to media after the race, he said: “The red flag simplified things and made thing less action-packed than they normally are in Monaco.

“It’s a good result for us as a team, not a lot to aim for during the race,” stated the McLaren driver.

A higher Qualifying position may have enabled Norris to better fight for the race victory, though the 24-year-old was still happy to score a good haul of points for himself and the team.

“You always think of what could you have done and should you have done, but it’s impossible to answer it correctly. We did what we could, I think the pace was strong from the car today…so we’ll keep pushing.

“A fourth and a second for us is still an amazing result,” concluded Norris.

Piastri and Norris will be hoping to continue their form around the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve for the Canadian Grand Prix, starting at 19:00 BST (14:00 local time) on Sunday 9 June.