Oscar Piastri Retires from the US Grand Prix: A Blistering Start Turns Bitter
Who will rise to the occasion in the upcoming Mexican Grand Prix?
In a disappointing turn of events, Australian driver Oscar Piastri had to retire from the US Grand Prix after a promising start where he gained four places on the opening lap. Let’s delve into the details of this race and the other key highlights.
World champion Max Verstappen emerged victorious at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, beating Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton and McLaren’s Lando Norris to the finish line. However, Hamilton’s disqualification later resulted in Norris securing second place and Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz claiming third.
Starting sixth on the grid, Verstappen showcased his exceptional skills by becoming the first driver to win in Austin without starting on the front row. It was a hard-fought win as he battled issues with his brakes while Hamilton closed in on him with faster tyres.
Piastri, starting from 10th position, had a remarkable start and managed to gain four places on the opening lap. Despite a collision with Esteban Ocon’s Alpine, he climbed his way up to sixth. Unfortunately, Piastri had to retire due to radiator damage and a water leak caused by the collision.
Verstappen’s victory marked his 50th career grand prix win, placing him among the exclusive group of drivers including Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, Michael Schumacher, and Alain Prost. Reflecting on his win, Verstappen expressed his determination to continue striving for more success.
Hamilton, who was aiming to secure second place in the drivers’ standings, believed he had achieved a crucial podium finish. However, his hopes were dashed when race officials disqualified him and Mercedes after inspecting his car and finding a violation related to the wooden plank under the floor.
The disqualification decision did not only affect Hamilton, as Charles LeClerc also faced the same fate, with his sixth-place finish being disqualified for similar reasons. Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff confirmed that the team would not appeal the decision.
With the US Grand Prix concluded, the Formula 1 action heads to Mexico next weekend for the Mexican Grand Prix.
- Max Verstappen wins his 50th F1 grand prix
- Lewis Hamilton finishes second, Lando Norris third
- Piastri’s retirement due to collision with Esteban Ocon
The US Grand Prix had its fair share of excitement and disappointment, with Verstappen securing his 50th F1 grand prix win, Hamilton facing disqualification, and Piastri’s retirement due to a collision. It’s an unpredictable sport that keeps fans on the edge of their seats. Who will rise to the occasion in the upcoming Mexican Grand Prix?