Oscar Piastri was pleased to achieve a first Formula 1 points finish in a “crazy” home race, but was quick to highlight areas for improvement after mid-race difficulties. The McLaren driver picked up eighth place at his home race in Melbourne, following the late-race collisions which involved several drivers. The 21-year-old picked his way through the incidents to complete a double-points haul for the Woking team, and was pleased to take advantage of “staying out of trouble”. “Yeah, definitely happy to get my first points on the board, especially here at home,” Piastri told media, including RacingNews365.com . “It was a crazy race, I think it’s the first race where I’ve had three red flags, I think it’s probably most people’s first race like that. We kept ourselves out of trouble and ended up in the points, it’s great!” Piastri pinpoints improvements after overtaking troubles Piastri conceded that whilst he was pleased with the ‘positive day’, he had frustrations with trying to overtake AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda. He was held up behind the Japanese driver for several laps, which he partly attributed to his own abilities with the car’s energy deployment systems. “I think the first lap was pretty good, and then in the middle of the race I just got stuck behind Yuki a bit too long. I just couldn’t really find a way past, then was trying a few different things with the battery to try and use it in the right place,” added Piastri. “There are some things that can work on there, definitely, but I think once I got past the pace seemed to be pretty good. “I think for me, there’s still some learning to do on how to use the battery most effectively to overtake others.”

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