Aussies struggled with the news that Oscar Piastri would be taking Daniel Ricciardo’s seat at McLaren for the 2023 season. However, it appears both camps are putting any tension behind them, opting to appreciate any ray of Melbourne sunshine they can get by taking a ride in Piastri’s new McLaren 720S company car.
In a previous statement, Piastri revealed that Ricciardo reached out to squash any tension between the two. “Him getting in touch like that, that was great for me personally, knowing that there were no hard feelings. That really helps me quite a lot, and it was good to get in touch,” he Piastri.
“It was a nice moment. If I can get close to emulating the success he’s had on track and the character he is off the track, I think I’ll be doing a reasonable job.”
The McLaren 720S seen here in ‘Papaya Spark Orange’ and valued at more than $500,000 AUD before on-road costs is a clear upgrade from the Alpine company cars Piastri would be used to. With a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine producing 530kW of power and 770Nm via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, the 720S completes the 0-100km/h sprint in less than 2.9 seconds before reaching a top speed of 341km/h.
As for Danny Ric’s company car situation, we can only assume he’ll be driving around in a Red Bull Mini. Although, it’s fair to say he does have the advantage in the McLaren department already with a limited-edition ‘Daniel Ricciardo Edition’ variant of the McLaren 720S supercar being revealed at last year’s Formula 1 Grand Prix in Melbourne.
Will we see an ‘Oscar Piastri Edition’ of the brand’s latest McLaren Artura supercar at this year’s Australian Grand Prix? We’ll just have to wait and see. In the meantime we’ll let the two Aussie racing legends talk things over before Piastri makes his F1 debut at the Melbourne Grand Prix, running from 30 Mar – 02 Apr 2023.
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