McLaren has agreed a two-year contract extension with Oscar Piastri which will keep the rookie at the team until the end of the 2026 season.Fernando Alonso. After the Contract Recognition Board ruled in McLaren’s favour Piastri joined them as one of their race drivers for 2023 and ’24.
“I am thrilled to be extending my partnership with McLaren for many years,” said Piastri. “I want to be fighting it out at the front of the grid with this team and I am excited by the vision and foundations that are already being laid to get us there,” said Piastri.
After winning three consecutive junior single-seater titles between 2019 and 2021, Alpine placed Piastri in a reserve driver role last year. He said he was pleased by the commitment McLaren had shown to him since switching teams.
“The welcome that I have received and the relationships that I have built make this feel like home already,” he said. “The team’s consistent commitment in me has made me feel incredibly valued and the desire from the team for me to be part of its long-term future made this an easy decision. To be wanted like that and for the team to show so much belief in me after just half a season, means a lot.”
Piastri’s first F1 season got off to a disappointing start as he qualified 18th and suffering a race-ending electronics failure in Bahrain. But since then he has been able to make more of an impact and is enjoying the highest-scoring rookie season for a driver since 2019.
He has finished six grands prix in the points, with fourth place in the British Grand Prix being his best result. He also came second in the sprint race at Spa-Francorchamps and led a grand prix for the first time at Monza.
Piastri lies 11th in the standings, three places behind team mate Lando Norris. Today’s announcement means the pair will remain together at least the end of 2025 when Norris’s contract expires.
“It’s fantastic to confirm that Oscar has signed a multi-year extension with the team,” said McLaren team principal Andrea Stella. “Oscar is an asset to McLaren and constantly impresses with his performance, work ethic and attitude, so it was an easy decision for the team to make.
“He has already proved pivotal to the team, so it’s brilliant to have his vote of confidence as we push to win championships again in the future. I look forward to seeing him develop with us as we continue this journey together.”
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