Las Vegas Grand Prix predictions: Piastri can return to form
- Oscar Piastri has finished on the podium in two of the last five Grands Prix
- McLaren have secured eight top-six finishes in the last six races
- Oscar Piastri to finish in the top 6 at 11/10
- Lando Norris podium finish at 8/15
The Formula One roadshow heads to the city that never sleeps for the penultimate round of the 2023 season this weekend as Las Vegas hosts its first Grand Prix in over 40 years, although this is a very different prospect than the Caesars Palace Grand Prix of the 1980s.
Then held in the car park of the famous hotel and casino, the all-new street circuit will instead showcase all the sights of Sin City under the glow of the neon lights synonymous with Las Vegas, culminating in a full-throttle 1.18-mile straight down the Strip.
With top speeds rivalling that of Monza, an all-new track for the drivers and teams to learn and track temperatures set to be the coldest on the calendar, uncertainty could reign supreme in this iconic city.
Oscar Piastri has finished on the podium in two of the last five Grands Prix.
McLaren have secured eight top-six finishes in the last six races and have posted nine podium finishes in the last 11 Grands Prix.
Oscar Piastri won McLaren’s first event since 2021 in Qatar’s Sprint Race.
Oscar Piastri clinched McLaren’s first win since Daniel Ricciardo in 2021 when he won the Sprint in Qatar and, while he has had a few difficult races since that triumph, he could be in for a good points haul in Las Vegas.
After a poor start to the season, McLaren have emerged as real contenders since the summer and Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri have posted nine podiums in the 11 Grands Prix since Silverstone.
Piastri has only two of those but, as a rookie, he has occasionally been undone by a lack of experience around certain tracks. Around the all-new circuit in Las Vegas, the playing field will be levelled and his sheer talent could shine through.
The low track temperatures under the lights in Las Vegas could play into McLaren’s hands, too, with main competitors such as Ferrari and Mercedes often struggling to fire up their tyres during this season and both teams heading to Sin City off the back of a poor race in Brazil.
The pair at McLaren have secured eight top-six finishes in the last six races and both Norris and Piastri could be challenging for big points this weekend.