Impressive five-year streak ended after Oscar Piastri’s Canada crash

Sam Cooper
Oscar Piastri walking down the pit lane. Bahrain March 2023

McLaren driver Oscar Piastri walking down the pit lane. Bahrain March 2023

Oscar Piastri reckons his Montreal qualifying crash was the end of a five-year streak avoiding the walls.

Piastri ended up having a significant impact on qualifying as his crash during Q3 ended any chance of a quick lap as rain soon hit the track.

It led to a mixed up grid that included Nico Hulkneberg in second but for Piastri, it was the end of a long-run of staying away from the wall.

According to the man himself, he believes he last hit a wall somewhere around five years ago which would have been when he was 17 years old and competing in Formula Renault Eurocup.

“Of course, it’s never nice to crash,” he said, as per “It’s honestly, I think, the first wall I’ve hit in five years.

“It was going to happen at some stage I guess, but I think even with how the penalties worked out and stuff like that, I don’t know how much more there would have been than P8, so I wasn’t too disappointed.

“Obviously a shame to end that way and cause the damage; now the team has to make extra parts and a late night for the mechanics, so, of course, it’s never nice.

“But from a performance perspective, I wasn’t too disappointed – I was much more disappointed in Barcelona, I think, where we had a better chance to be at the front of the grid.”

Piastri has been easily the best rookie on the grid this season and currently find himself P14 in the standings while Nyck de Vries and Logan Sargeant have yet to score a point. recommends

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The Australian has a good chance to add to that tally as Formula 1 head for a run of circuits he has previously driven at.

“The next four circuits are all circuits I’ve been to, and more than once as well, so that’ll be nice,” the 22-year-old said.

“In saying that, Barcelona was a similar story and our pace was not very good, so it’s not a given that it will be better for me.

“Of course, it’s a little bit more comfortable going into the weekend and knowing the circuits better, but similar to what I said in Barcelona; everyone can get to the limit quicker and be right on it.”