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Webber: It will take time for Piastri to get used to F1 juggernaut

The Australian, who manages Oscar Piastri, believes it will take some time before the 21 year-old gets used to the demands of being a Formula 1 driver.

Mark Webber believes it will take time for Oscar Piastri to get used to the "Formula 1 juggernaut" as the 21 year-old gets thrusted into the world sport limelight. Piastri's entry to F1 has already been met with anticipation following the contract saga between himself and Alpine over his services for 2023. The Australian was duly announced as a replacement for the departing Fernando Alonso at Alpine, before he denied the claim on social media in a post that has now been liked nearly 400,000 times . In an interview with Speedcafe , Piastri's manager and former F1 driver Mark Webber believes it will take time for him to adjust to the lifestyle. "He's pretty different to Daniel, I think Oscar is pretty reserved," he said when asked about Piastri's character. "I'll say everyone's got their own character. "Sebastian [Vettel] as a World Champion is very different to what he was at the end of his career. Charles [Leclerc], Max [Verstappen], they've all got their own little idiosyncrasies and style on how they go about it."

Webber: When Norris arrived he was a rabbit in a headlight

Both Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo were 19 when they made their F1 debuts, something Webber has drawn comparisons to as they took a while before establishing themselves on the grid. He continued: "With Oscar he's new to sport, he's going to have his first season next year. It doesn't matter what driver you are, obviously it takes time for you to get used to the sport, the juggernaut, the travel, the media. "When Lando arrived he was a rabbit in a headlight, same for Daniel probably a little bit at HRT and Toro Rosso for a time. "But Oscar is very reserved, incredibly professional, diligent - which we're seeing in all the junior categories - and very economical with his words. As my wife said 'He's the most sophisticated Australian that's ever gone to race overseas!'"

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