Formula 1: Nico Rosberg's stark Lando Norris warning for Oscar Piastri

Lando Norris & Oscar Piastri

Oscar Piastri risks falling out of Formula 1 if he cannot compete with Lando Norris at McLaren, claims 2016 world champion Nico Rosberg.

Piastri is going to have quite the spotlight on him next year as he joins McLaren after leaving Alpine’s driver programme, with the Woking-based team going to some effort to bring him in alongside Norris, to replace Daniel Ricciardo.

A driver that has shown his talent in the lower Formula categories, though, there is no reason why Piastri cannot shine next season and compete with his new team-mate, though Norris is obviously in great form at the moment.

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Indeed, the Briton is rightly seen as one of the brightest drivers on the grid with him taking charge at McLaren in recent years whilst Ricciardo has unfortunately struggled, and he presents one of the biggest challenges for a driver arriving and trying to beat their team-mate.

Piastri will feel as though he has it in him to meet that challenge and also combine with Norris to drive McLaren up the grid, though Rosberg believes it’s a high-risk move from the young Aussie.

Rosberg’s warning for Piastri

“It’s a brave move by Oscar, it really is,” Rosberg said to Sky Sports.

“It is either he beats Lando or he’s out basically of the sport, so it’s really, really tough, but he believes in himself. And if you think you’re that good, you’ve got to go for it.”

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Oscar Piastri
BARCELONA, SPAIN – MAY 19: Oscar Piastri of Australia, Alpine F1 Reserve Driver walks in the Paddock during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on May 19, 2022 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Piastri has to believe in himself and his talents now he has this chance, and he clearly fancied the move to McLaren and the challenge of taking on Norris when it was first presented to him, so he will likely be relishing the opportunity rather than worrying about the downside.

Even if Piastri does end up losing out to Norris it might be a bit of a stretch to say his F1 career is over as well, given it’s not even started, and Oscar will just be looking to build himself into his rookie year and show the class that he has lower down the ranks in his career to date.

As for Norris, the dynamic now changes where he is the team leader and is expected to be the main points-scorer, in contrast to when Ricciardo arrived at McLaren, but Lando will feel as though, given how the last season and a bit have gone, that making that transition won’t be too difficult.

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