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Piastri: McLaren can definitely be in the fight every weekend

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The McLaren MCL38 is fast on high-speed circuits as well as places requiring high-downforce aka Monaco, which has Oscar Piastri confident that they have a solid car for every race track that lies ahead in this 2024 Formula 1 World Championship campaign.

McLaren and Ferrari have clearly closed the gap to Red Bull this season, especially in recent races. Lando Norris won in Miami and Piastri was P2 in a processional race at the Principality, but both McLarens were at the sharp end most of this season.

Although Piastri could do nothing about the Monaco no-overtake Grand Prix, he was always there stalking race winner, local hero Charles Leclerc who did the business for Ferrari, with Piastri P2.

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After the race in Monte-Carlo, the Australian was asked by reporters if McLaren were potential winners at the next 16 races that remain on the 2024 F1 Calendar, Piastri replied: “I think so. I think it’s been three very different circuits in the past three races, and we’ve been competitive at all of them.

“Miami was probably one of our worst circuits before this year. Imola has always been kind to us, but we had a very strong weekend there, and here’s been… Let’s say our car’s never been the strongest in the slow corners, and this weekend we’ve been very quick again.”

Stella: We look at the coming races with optimism

Piastri: McLaren can definitely be in the fight every weekend

Piastri added: “We can be confident wherever we go. I feel like we don’t have to rely on the high-speed circuits like we did last year to get our results, which is a very exciting thing to have going forward. The pecking order is as tight as it’s ever been, especially this weekend.

“Going into qualifying, I think we thought that there could be any one of four teams on pole, which I don’t think we’ve been able to say for a while. So, I think we can definitely be in the fight every weekend,” declared 23-year-old Piastri.

McLaren team boss Andrea Stella was also bullish: “It’s an important result here in Monaco, with Oscar scoring an impressive podium and Lando right behind on a circuit that we weren’t certain would suit our car. It’s a lot of points but also evidence that we can be regular contenders for the podium. We look at the coming races with optimism.”

After the Monaco Grand Prix, eight rounds into this F1 title race, McLaren are P3 in the Constructors’ standings behind Red Bull and Ferrari. Last year they were P6 at this point of the season. Norris lies p3 and Piastri P6 in the Driver’s points table.