Oscar Piastri’s Jim Halpert moment goes viral after rocketman mishap

Thomas Maher
McLaren driver Oscar Piastri reacts to jetman accident at the Austrian Grand Prix. Spielberg, July 2023.

McLaren's Oscar Piastri reacts to jetman accident at the Austrian Grand Prix. Spielberg, July 2023.

Oscar Piastri was caught on camera reacting as a jetpack malfunction sent its operator hurtling to the ground in Austria.

As part of the pre-race entertainment at the Red Bull Ring, three stuntmen wearing jetpacks went for aerial laps of the circuit – a common sight at many Grands Prix throughout the calendar.

But what’s less common is when one of the jetpacks malfunctions, as one of the stuntmen in Austria encountered as he came in for a landing to wrap up his performance ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix.

Oscar Piastri caught on camera

With the stuntman going off balance as his left booster went awry, he fell to the ground and hit the tarmac hard. Thankfully, he appeared to be OK as he quickly got back onto his feet and limped away – pumping his fist into the air to encourage the crowds as they cheered, although the hit suggests he’ll have some colourful bruises to deal with over the coming days.

But the moment was played out on TV screens at the circuit, with McLaren’s Oscar Piastri sitting in his garage as the jetman fell to the ground – Piastri reacting in amusing fashion as he watched the replays.

In proper Jim Halpert fashion, Piastri’s look to the F1 cameras was good enough to appear in The Office as he nonchalantly sipped on his drink while flinching at the hit.

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With the moment being shared on F1’s social media channels, Piastri took the opportunity to contrast his day at the Red Bull Ring with that of the rocketman.

“Wasn’t the only one to have a tricky day,” he wrote on Twitter.

Piastri finished the race in 17th, having picked up some unlucky front wing damage in the middle of the race as he ran into the back of Kevin Magnussen’s Haas. The Australian had struggled for pace relative to teammate Lando Norris throughout the weekend, having not been fitted out with the first wave of upgrades McLaren have introduced to their MCL60.

“A long afternoon,” Piastri summed up afterward.

“I picked up some front wing damage in the middle with three cars kind of having their incident in front of me and I didn’t have anywhere to go, which was unfortunate, and our pace wasn’t great. Anyway, I’m looking forward to the next race.

“It’s a home race for the team and I’ve got some new parts on my car, which I’m very much looking forward to. We’ll see what we can do next weekend.”

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