Mental coach sure Piastri will be an F1 ‘superstar’

by Bruce Williams

By JULIAN ALLSOP

The mental coach who helped Scott McLaughlin become so successful in Supercars and IndyCar has no doubt that Oscar Piastri will be a superstar in Formula One.

Emma Murray – High Performance Mindfulness

“I’m very excited about the Oscar in F1,” says Emma Murray, who is credited with being the “secret weapon” behind Richmond’s top three finishes in the AFL over the past five years, as well as working closely with triple Supercars champion, Bathurst 1000 winner and McLaughlin, two-time IndyCar race winner.

Murray also works with top cricketers, Olympians and corporate executives.

All that aside, Murray, who lives in Melbourne, is the mother of four children, including a wheelchair-bound son who became a quadriplegic at age 13.

She helps athletes perform at their best through advanced present-moment awareness, better emotional regulation, and heightened focus.

Piastri is embroiled in an F1 tug-of-war between Alpine, the team that named him as one of its Grand Prix drivers for next year, and McLaren, which is sacking fellow Australian Daniel Ricciardo a year early at the end of this season. season. .

The fight for Piastri’s services will go to F1’s contract recognition board.

Murray says the youngster from Melbourne, who has won the Formula Three and Formula Two ‘world titles’ in the last two years and is the Alpine GP reserve driver this season, “reminds me a lot of Scott mentally”.

“He has a real knack for taking what you’re telling him and just putting it in the car,” Murray told Melbourne’s SEN (Sports Entertainment Network) radio station.

“They’re both really smart people who understand why they do what they do and really understand the mechanics of their mind and body and how it works, and that helps them manage it.

“I think he’s going to be a superstar.”

Murray said there was “a lot” he couldn’t say about the Piastri imbroglio.

“What I will say is that Oscar is 21 years old and the way he has handled a really difficult, political, ugly situation… the way he has handled it mentally, but also with his emotional control, has been phenomenal.” she said.

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“And I think for us as Australians we should be really excited about what that means when you get into a (GP race) car.

“His ability to withstand that pressure… I think the biggest challenge for Oscar has been not being able to present his side of the story.

“Alpine has been able to say what it wants about Oscar. The media have been able to say what they want. And, due to certain legal things that are developing, she has not been able to say that.

“Watch this space… in the next few days it will come to light.

“I hope Oscar gets to… well, it really won’t matter once he gets in a car what the story was.”

Murray’s biggest individual success story has been Richmond’s introverted superstar Dustin Martin, who won the best field award in all three recent club charges, as well as a Brownlow Medal as the best player in the AFL competition.

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