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A strong start set up Oscar Piastri for another podium finish

22/05/21

It wasn’t the most straightforward race for the Aussie.

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To hunt or to be hunted was the story for the Australian Prema Racing driver in the second sprint race in Monaco. After securing third on the grid after his qualifying performance, Oscar Piastri would have gone into the race with a mindset of wanting to get in front of the two New Zealand drivers in front. However, after the first corner on the first lap, he found himself leading the way and quickly became the hunted.

Piastri had a small win ahead of the green lights going out with pole sitter Marcus Armstrong not re-joining the starting grid and starting from the pitlane. As a result, Piastri had no drivers in front of him on the grid in third place.

The Prema Racing driver had the quickest reaction off the line and lunged into pole position ahead of Liam Lawson by the first corner. The pressure remained on Piastri through the early stages of the race. Lap 5 saw Lawson get by the Australian and snatch pole position before building a small but comfortable gap.

Not long after being passed by Lawson, Piastri then had the British racing driver in Dan Ticktum to hold off. On lap 15, the Carlin driver positioned himself down the inside of Piastri as they approached the Nouvelle Chicane and was able to get past to take second place.

The trend continued right through to the chequered flag for Piastri, who had Juri Vips trying to get past. However, Piastri was able to hold on and secure the final place on the podium for the second sprint race in Monaco.

Oscar picked up 10 Championship points.