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Oscar Piastri

Piastri shares interesting order of priorities for Monaco GP

Oscar Piastri has shared an unusual list of priorities for the Monaco Grand Prix, which he will start alongside pole-sitter Charles Leclerc.

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Oscar Piastri has stated getting a big result in the Monaco Grand Prix would be less "meaningful" to him than ending the weekend feeling like he did everything he could.

The 23-year-old has had another strong weekend around the streets of Monte Carlo, continuing to build on the momentum of recent weeks - something he is quick to point out.

Despite that form, the McLaren driver has not had the outright results to reflect his underlying pace since the Woking team introduced a raft of updates at the Miami Grand Prix.

Whilst Piastri only received half the package that weekend, he pushed Max Verstappen hard in the opening phase of the grand prix. He was unlucky to get drawn in to a damage-inducing battle with Carlos Sainz, which put to rest any chance of a strong result.

The following round, in Imola, he qualified in second-place with the full suite of McLaren upgrades, but a post-session penalty for impeding Kevin Magnussen dropped him to fifth. He recovered to fourth in the race, but it was a weekend of what might have been.

"I don't think it changes the world," Piastri told media including RacingNews365 when asked how important a big result would be from the Monaco Grand Prix. "I always try to not think about the end results so much." 

"I think for me, leaving a weekend satisfied with what I've done in my control is a more important thing. I think the last two weekends, especially Imola, have been very much the case."

'Not really concerned with whatever the result is'

The one-time sprint winner has had the measure of Norris over the course of the weekend in Monaco. He will lead the fight against the resurgent Ferraris once the race gets underway in the principality, starting alongside pole-sitter Charles Leclerc, with his team-mate a row behind, in fourth.

Whilst Piastri feels a strong result is still important, he is more focused on the bigger picture and the long-term benefits of maximising his performances week-in-week out in order to generate further momentum.

"I think I've put myself in a good position for a good result tomorrow," he said. "I'm not really concerned with whatever the result is. 

"I want to get through the race, getting to the end of the weekend going, ‘I don't think I could have done anything more than that’. So that would be more meaningful to me.

"Of course, if you get a trophy at the end, especially the biggest one, then it feels nice, but I think the momentum in the last few weekends is definitely already helping with results that in the history books mean not a lot. 

"So, it would be nice, but if I can leave this weekend thinking I've not been able to do anything more that would mean more to me."

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In the latest episode of the RacingNews365.com podcast, Ian Parkes, Samuel Coop and Nick Golding look back at this weekend's Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, where Max Verstappen and Lando Norris went head-to-head for the victory around the famous Imola Circuit as McLaren continue to pile the pressure on Red Bull!

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