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Oscar Piastri

Piastri misses out on McLaren upgrade

The Australian will be without the new components for the Austrian Grand Prix weekend.

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Oscar Piastri has confirmed teammate Lando Norris has received McLaren's only upgrade package for the Austrian Grand Prix.

The Woking-based outfit has struggled to assert itself in F1 this season and sits only sixth in the Constructors' standings.

Performance has been difficult to come by, with Norris suggesting in Monaco and Spain that the MCL60 was only the seventh-fastest car on race pace.

But strong qualifying performances have at least given both drivers a fighting chance, though the stranglehold on the top 10 by the top four teams means only two places are often up for grabs to score.

McLaren is hoping its car performance issues will be eased with a radical upgrade package being introduced at the Red Bull Ring this weekend, despite the influence of the Sprint format limiting practice running.

Stable package

Piastri, however, will have to wait for the update package with only Norris being given the new parts this weekend.

Addressing the changes to the McLaren, Piastri told media, including RacingNews365.com: "We're excited.

"We've got upgrades on Lando's car this weekend. The plan was to have both of us in Silverstone, but the team's done a very good job of getting one set for us this weekend.

"So we are looking forward to seeing how that performs, and of course, we have got a stable package on my side of things.

"We know exactly what it is capable of, so [we will] try and get into the points and do what we can."

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