Reunited After 2 Years, Oscar Piastri Takes a Jab at Nemesis Logan Sargeant for Unprecedented F1 Privilege

Published 04/10/2023, 5:15 AM EDT

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Teammates and rivals once, now only rivals, F1 rookies Oscar Piastri and Logan Sargeant are already competing with each other to make a name for themselves at the pinnacle of motorsport. Both the drivers have arrived with tremendous potential, but for now, in terms of championship points, Piastri seems to have an edge over his rival, once again as he had back in 2020.

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Yes, it’s not the first time that the two drivers are going head-to-head. In the 2020 Formula 3 championship, Piastri and Sargeant were teammates in the Prema Racing team. In his rookie season itself, Oscar Piastri took on the challenge of his American teammate and came out as the eventual winner of the championship with a margin of just four points between the two.

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Now, it’s only natural that the two must be sharing a good deal of banter and rivalry amongst themselves as their careers coincide once again. Both left to compete in not-so-great cars at McLaren and Williams has all to fight against themselves. But Oscar Piastri thinks that Sargeant has the advantage of more home races with him, right after the Aussie bagged his first championship points in Melbourne.

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Delivering probably his first friendly jab at Sargeant since their arrival in F1, speaking at The Fast and the Curious podcast, the McLaren driver said, “I mean, it was a cool weekend, definitely cool week. Also very busy, though, and I think it was really nice to have the home support, have a home crowd, and it’s an honor to have a home race because not everyone on the grid gets one. Logan Sargeant gets three, but we’ll digress.”

“But, no, it’s a cool experience. Of course, having it so early in my career and so early in the season is tricky in some ways because obviously I’m trying to learn as much as I can with the team and be fully focused on that,” he added, after being asked if he felt relieved to be done with the pressure of the home race so early in the season.

Over the first three races, while Piastri found himself lucky at the restart in the Australian GP, he still ousted his former F3 teammate in Saudi Arabia. The battle between the two could potentially sprout once they get rid of their reliability and performance issues.

Oscar Piastri was bored during the Australian GP

Finishing at P8 and claiming four points after running out of points was a stroke of luck for Piastri. The restart menace worked in the favor of the McLaren rookie, who otherwise considered his first home GP a rather boring race. He also described the overall race as dramatic and chaotic.

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Reflecting on the ‘boring’ race, he said, “The first lap was pretty good. I think I made up a few spots and yeah, then after I got stuck behind Sonoda for quite a long time, which was a bit frustrating, but, yeah, then after that, it was a pretty boring race for sort of 15-20 laps,” due to the near-10-second gap between the drivers in front and behind him.

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The Australian GP was a hoot. The chaos at the start surely made things exciting but was unfortunate for plenty of drivers. What do you make of the race that Piastri had? Let us know in the comments below.

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Manan Goel

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Manan Goel is an F1 writer at EssentiallySports, who graduated in literature from the University of Delhi before discovering his passion for the world of Formula 1. With over 400 published articles, his writing reflects his in-depth knowledge of the sport and his ability to provide unique insights. Manan's passion for F1 began when he first saw Sebastian Vettel's exhilarating drives with Red Bull.
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