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May 17, 2024

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Australian F1 star Oscar Piastri gobsmacked as jetpack stuntman crashes at Austrian Grand Prix

Aussie star Oscar Piastri can’t believe his eyes as stuntman crashes into the track at Austrian Grand Prix after his jet pack malfunctioned

  • Jetpack crash at the Austrian GP 
  • Piastri left shocked by the scenes 
  • Stuntman fortunately not badly hurt 

Aussie F1 star Oscar Piastri has been left stunned after a stuntman in a jetpack crashed while doing a lap around the track just ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix. 

Three stuntman wearing jetpacks wowed the crowd – which was bathed in orange for Dutchman Max Verstappen – while doing a full lap around the Red Bull Ring track in picturesque Spielberg, Austria. 

However, one of the men came crashing out of the sky in shocking scenes, leaving a bewildered Piastri in disbelief as he watched on from the pits.

Just as he came in to land on the asphalt, the jetpack appeared to malfunction, with the hapless rider not able to do anything; leaving him tumbling onto the track, then rolling and finally skidding to a stop.

Fortunately, the man got up immediately, punching the air and saluting the crowd as he limped away from the scene. 

Aussie F1 star Oscar Piastri had a 'priceless' reaction that invoked comparisons to cult TV comedy The Office when a jetpack crashed on the track prior to the Austrian Grand Prix

Aussie F1 star Oscar Piastri had a ‘priceless’ reaction that invoked comparisons to cult TV comedy The Office when a jetpack crashed on the track prior to the Austrian Grand Prix

This jetpack stuntman lost control just before he was set to land on the track - leaving spectators shocked

This jetpack stuntman lost control just before he was set to land on the track – leaving spectators shocked

The stuntman wasn't seriously hurt  and was able to limp away from the track after falling hard

The stuntman wasn’t seriously hurt  and was able to limp away from the track after falling hard

With F1’s official social media accounts highlighting Piastri’s ‘The Office’ camera reaction to the crash – referring to the iconic TV comedy series – the Aussie joked he wasn’t the only one to have a tough time on the track.

‘Wasn’t the only one to have a tricky day,’ Piastri commented after yet more car issues saw him finish 16th, with a penalty-marred race wreaking havoc on the standings. 

Fans, after seeing the stuntman was OK, were quick to laud Piastri’s ‘priceless’ reaction in a nod to the cult hit TV show featuring Steve Carrell and John Krasinksi, and the unique pre-race entertainment. 

‘Way to go, @OscarPiastri/Michael Scott? #TheOffice Glad the jet-pack flier wasn’t literally blown away by the turbulence of his magnificence. In other words: glad he’s OK! But hey, did he just commit a track limit violation? Or are airborne shortcuts allowed?,’ one joked.

‘Oscar’s reaction was everything,’ said one fan, with another expressing his adoration for the Aussie rookie: ‘I love this kid, a look to camera that John Krasinski would be proud of.’

‘Never seen someone trip mid-air before!’ commented another, with one fan turning it into a meme by captioning it: ‘Heading into Monday like:’. 

Lando Norris (right) managed to score a top-six spot thanks to upgrades and good driving, but Piastri (left) was left near the bottom of the standings again

Lando Norris (right) managed to score a top-six spot thanks to upgrades and good driving, but Piastri (left) was left near the bottom of the standings again

The Red Bull Ring in picturesque Austria was bathed in orange - but not for the McLaren papaya; it was for victorious Dutchman Max Verstappen (pictured)

The Red Bull Ring in picturesque Austria was bathed in orange – but not for the McLaren papaya; it was for victorious Dutchman Max Verstappen (pictured)

While teammate Lando Norris benefitted from significant upgrades to his McLaren to finish fifth, Piastri was not so lucky. 

While he managed to avoid being one of the drivers who copped a five-second penalty for going beyond the white lines on the tough turns at corners nine and 10 respectively, Piastri was left ‘frustrated’ by having to drive the old specification of the car as Norris reaped the rewards of the team’s update.

He also had do an extra pit stop after suffering damage to his front wing on a corner  – but given the start to his F1 career, is happy enough aside from a few poor mistakes in qualifying, that cost him a spot in the Top-10 shoot-out.

‘The weather has been a big factor this weekend, and me and Lando have had different cars, so it’s been a bit tricky to compare across cars,’ Piastri said after the race. 

‘As for the race, I need to look back and see if there’s anything I could have done to make my race pace a bit better.

‘Obviously it’s tricky with no direct comparison (to Norris), but I was quite happy with the weekend, other than the mistakes in qualifying and stuff.’

The paddock will next head to Silverstone for McLaren’s home grand prix, where it is hoped Piastri can also benefit from the upgrades that worked so well for Norris.