Unreliability and injury for each Piastri and team-mate Lando Norris within the opening two races in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia have left McLaren backside of the constructors’ championship and with no level.
Regardless of this poor opening, 1996 F1 world title winner Hill reckons rookie Piastri is not going to want to fret a few unhealthy run sapping his confidence, even when the Australian is but to ship a standout efficiency to mark his arrival within the prime flight like Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher and Max Verstappen did.
Talking solely to Autosport, Hill – who will present commentary for the Australian Grand Prix to the Ten Community – mentioned: “When you get off to a shaky begin, it may well take all season to get that again once more. Individuals are very fast to guage and search for the indicators.
“The nice drivers got here into Method 1 with a bang. They arrived. Michael Schumacher, Max Verstappen, Ayrton Senna, they got here in and everybody went, ‘Wow the place did that come from? Who is that this man?’.
“I would not say Oscar has had the chance to do fairly that, however he has undoubtedly regarded very competent and strong.
“He is not somebody who you go, ‘Oh my God, he seems a bit shaky’.”
Michael Schumacher turned heads on his F1 debut at Spa in 1991
Picture by: Sutton Photographs
Ex-Williams driver Hill contrasted Piastri with Mick Schumacher, the son of his nice rival Michael.
The German is at the moment at Mercedes as reserve driver, having been launched by Haas after two seasons. His 2022 was blighted by car-snapping crashes that compelled the American squad to desert upgrades.
Hill continued: “Mick Schumacher by no means actually put in a kind of sit-up-and-take-notice performances and struggled to encourage the boldness folks must have within the driver.
“Earlier than you already know it, it turns into a large snowball impact the place the snowball will get heavier and heavier and also you get crushed by it.
“Up to now for Oscar, he isn’t obtained that drawback to consider. He is obtained a really agency footing from which to push off.”
Hill, a winner of twenty-two grands prix, added that Piastri’s early performances indicated a robust season was within the offing. However he expects stablemate and de facto benchmark Norris to enhance as he will get “warmed up”.
“Oscar has are available in bright-eyed, bushy-tailed and searching assured and really a lot at residence in Method 1,” mentioned Hill. “He is already put in some spectacular performances. It bodes nicely for the remainder of the season.
“I am positive when Lando will get warmed up, he’ll be a more durable nut to crack, however [Oscar] will be taught so much.
“Coming to Melbourne [home race], he’ll be getting numerous consideration, and it is about whether or not that distracts him.
“However he does not strike me because the form of one who is well distracted or within the peripheral stuff that occurs in Method 1. He appears to be a really eager and centered racer.”