Although the Australian finished 108 points behind team-mate Lando Norris in the standings, many of the tracks on the 2023 calendar were tracks that he had never driven before, at any level.
Piastri in for more success in 2024
As we head into Piastri's sophomore season, Trulli thinks that the 22-year-old could really excel in his McLaren car.
"As a surprise I say Oscar Piastri, because he has a potentially competitive McLaren and could confirm his talent, after a very positive debut season," he told Gazzetta.
"If the car is up to par, we could get used to finding him often on the podium. Today it is difficult judging a young person in the minor categories, there are too many factors that influence performance, so the real litmus test only comes when he arrives in F1.
"The Australian has shown really good qualities. He is fast and quite consistent. To be able to evaluate him even better, we should see him fighting up front with the best.
"The comparison in the team with an already established driver like Lando Norris will certainly be convincing. I don't see other possible surprises. I still have to understand Alexander Albon."
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