Yep, Oscar did everything and more to make Vegas GP a good watch for McLaren fans. On a night of so many passing moves it was inevitable we would only see a few of Oscar’s, what we did see confirmed his credentials as a fast AND accurate racer. Maybe the conditions didn’t provide the opportunity to show his evolution in tyre management but it sure seemed like he was managing the hards in spite of less than ideal circumstances. The last few weeks have not shown Oscar at his best but I personally think Vegas was up there with some of his best drives. It was impressive the way he clung to CL and Checo in third after the team left him out after the second SC, though inevitably he faded on older rubber. Seemingly always on an offset - out of sync - it denied us the chance to see how close to the pace of the podium guys, Oscar was tonight. It was one of the best recovery drives of 2023 despite bad timing of key events on the night masking how good it really was. Best wishes to Lando after a pretty scarey crash.
I think on more familiar ground - Abu Dhabi - and a track many pundits predicted would be better than the four preceding tracks for McLaren, fans can reasonably hope for more podiums to come McLaren’s way. Let’s hope Lando is fully recovered and not detuned by his freak crash last night, and Oscar continues to show his progress as a top F1 pilot.