McLaren CEO Zak Brown has insisted the team must work to deliver "future world champion" Oscar Piastri a faster car.
The Australian joined the Woking-based outfit under a weight of expectation following the drawn-out saga surrounding his contract tug-of-war between McLaren and Alpine - with who Piastri was reserve driver last year.
Whilst Piastri has displayed the talent that earned his step up to F1 despite taking a year out following his F2 title, McLaren has struggled to impose itself on the campaign so far with points only being earned at the Australian and Azerbaijan Grands Prix.
The upshot of the struggles is that the team sits sixth in the Constructors' Standings, equal with Alpine and 64 points behind fourth-placed Ferrari.
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Addressing Piastri's start to life in F1, Brown told media, including RacingNews365.com: "We're very impressed with him.
"He's certainly not really made any big mistakes. Typical exploring the limits so the odd lock of a wheel here and there but, he's never been to Miami, he’s not been to all these races, so early indications are we've got a future world champion on our hands.
"We just have to work to give him a faster car now.
"He's very mature. He's very focused and he’s very technical. So the combination of Lando and Oscar, I couldn't think of a better combination of drivers.
"Oscar has done a fantastic job and he's trading lap times with Lando now and that's what you want."