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Training, simulator sessions and the snooze button – Oscar Piastri details a day in the life of an F1 driver
McLaren’s Oscar Piastri is currently gearing up for his second season in F1, with the 2024 campaign fast approaching – and with the Australian having impressed plenty of observers during his debut year as he picked up 97 points.
A key part of any F1 driver’s life is their routine away from the races. Whether it is maintaining their fitness or having some much-needed down time to recharge the batteries – keeping focussed is all important. We caught up with the 22-year-old Australian to quiz him on what a typical day in his life looks like…
F1.com: Tell us when you usually get up in the morning?
Oscar Piastri: “It depends what I have to get up for. If I have absolutely nothing to do for the day, then probably 9am or so. It also depends on what time zone I’ve just come from.”
F1.com: How many times do you hit snooze?
OP: “Again, it depends on how many times I have to get up. If I don’t have anything time sensitive to get up for I actually don’t set an alarm, I just sleep until I wake up, which is sometimes dangerous. But that’s okay – but not more than once, if I have to.”
F1.com: What is usually for breakfast in the morning?
OP: “At the track it’s normally eggs and avocado and some smoked salmon on toast. At home, quite frankly, I can’t be bothered to do all of that. So usually it’s either toast or cereal, or sometimes I make smoothies. Something that’s reasonably nutritious and quick to make.”
F1.com: Coffee or tea?
OP: “Neither actually, I don’t drink either. If I’m going to have a hot drink, it’s a hot chocolate. I just don’t like the taste of coffee or tea.”
F1.com: Do you usually train in the morning or the afternoon?
OP: “Again, depends a bit on the day, but it’s normally a little bit in the morning and a little bit in the afternoon. Also, living in the UK, it depends largely on what the weather’s doing. But, yeah, it’s normally like an hour or two in the morning and then an hour or two in the afternoon as well. It depends a bit on what’s going on for the day.”
F1.com: What is your usual attire around the house?
OP: “In the summer it’s shorts and a T-shirt and in winter, trackies and a T-shirt. Sometimes a hoodie but normally trackies and a T-shirt.”
F1.com: Messy or tidy?
OP: “I would love to say tidy, but that is a big lie. So messy…”
F1.com: What is your routine at the McLaren Technology Centre?
OP: “Normally I get there in the morning and meet my engineers for a bit of a debrief on whatever race we’ve just been from – normally with a hot chocolate! So normally a debrief of that, and we'll talk a bit about the next race that we’re going to. It depends how much time there is between when I go there and the race. Then normally I’m into the sim for the morning. I’ll then have some lunch, sim in the afternoon and go home. It depends if marketing get a hold of me as well, and it depends a bit on what the day is for. Normally if it’s for the simulator that’s the layout.”
F1.com: How do you spend your free time?
OP: “A little bit of a mix, I mean firstly just catching up on sleep is like the number one priority. The time off I have is not more than two or three days at a time. So there’s always an element of training in there at some point and just trying to stay in that routine. It’s nice seeing my girlfriend when I have the chance – that’s an important one. There’s some gaming as well and I have a simulator at home. I like playing video games as well so some of that. I also have friends around, sometimes I do stuff with them. But yeah, a lot of time with my girlfriend going for walks with her, dinner or whatever. Just spending some quality time.”
F1.com: Any particular games that you’re playing?
OP: “So I normally play iRacing, that’s my racing game of choice. I haven’t played COD [Call of Duty] for a while now but that’s kind of my other game of choice. I have just downloaded the new WRC [World Rally Championship] game and that is a lot of fun and I’m going to say that it’s testing my reactions as well – so it’s good training!”
F1.com: Your previous answer to breakfast might answer this one, but what do you cook or what do you like to eat?
OP: “What do I cook? I cooked a ham and cheese toastie just before – that was very good. But for dinner I normally do chicken or salmon or any fish really. I’ve done steak – I’ve only done steak once, which I let the world of Twitter know about, and I was quite proud of myself. The problem is that I just don’t really have that much time to get too adventurous in between the races, so I normally keep it pretty simple from what I’ve learned to cook in the last few years. So normally chicken or salmon with veggies and rice. I have experimented a few times – some successful ones, some not so successful.”
F1.com: What kind of time do you go to bed?
OP: “It depends on what I have to do but normally around 11pm-ish I would say. Again, it depends on the time zone. Sometimes that turns into 6pm and I’m dreading, and regretting, my decisions at about 2am in the morning! Or, sometimes, it’s that I can’t fall asleep until 2am. But when I’m in a normal time zone I try and go to bed about 11pm. I suppose it’s constantly fighting jet lag in one way or another!”
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