Piastri had been comfortable in third, behind Norris, prior to that moment. And reflecting on his rookie season, it is clear that the moment is still fresh in his mind.
Piastri: Safety car cost me Silverstone podium
“I think it has to be the Qatar weekend," he told Speedcafe when asked for his highlight of the 2023 season.
"Taking sprint pole and the sprint win and then following it up the next day with another grand prix podium was fantastic. It was probably the hardest race that I’ve ever driven due to the conditions, but it rounded off a special few days.
“There have been quite a few highlights like taking second in the Spa sprint, narrowly missing out on a podium at Silverstone because of the safety car and my first GP podium at Japan but Qatar just tops it.”
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