Nico Rosberg believes Oscar Piastri is in for a “big, big challenge” subsequent yr at McLaren alongside Lando Norris, who he described as “world class.”
Piastri, the 2021 F2 champion and present Alpine check driver, will exchange Daniel Ricciardo subsequent yr having turned down a seat at Alpine.
Norris is at present seventh on this yr’s Drivers Standings, 69 factors forward of Ricciardo, and Rosberg believes Piastri will discover it powerful going to match the Brit’s tempo subsequent yr.
The 2016 F1 world champion additionally described Norris as “Championship material” and Piastri’s choice to hitch McLaren as “brave.”
“It is going to be tough for Oscar to do well there,” Rosberg advised Sky F1. “Lando is world-class, he’s world championship material there so it’s not going to be easy to go there and do better than Daniel.
“Ricciardo is a multiple race winner, one of the best drivers in the world, and has found it unbelievably tough against Lando. Oscar is brand new to this sport! All the indications are that Oscar really is one of those future superstars. But I can’t really believe that suddenly Ricciardo has unlearned to drive super fast.
“Therefore, I think it’s Lando who’s just performing like a world champion at the moment, he’s just driving so incredibly well. So I really think it will be a big, big challenge for Oscar next year to be close to Lando.
“It’s a brave move by Oscar, it really is. It is either he beats Lando or he’s out basically of the sport, so it’s really, really tough, but he believes in himself. And if you think you’re that good, you’ve got to go for it.
“For Oscar, if you’re a young driver and you have the opportunity to race for McLaren, and you’re free to do so, you have to take it.
“Opportunities like that don’t come around all the time, so he’s done everything right.”