McLaren confirms F1 follow operates for IndyCar’s Palou and O’Ward


Alex Palou and Pato O’Ward will make their System one follow session debuts for McLaren around the ultimate 4 races of the period.

The group verified 2021 IndyCar winner Palou will generate Daniel Ricciardo’s car or truck in the course of the very first follow session at the Circuit of the Americas just one 7 days from currently.

O’Ward will generate for the group at Yas Marina, using around Lando Norris’s car or truck for the very first follow session forward of the period finale. The 4-instances IndyCar race winner drove for McLaren in the younger drivers’ exam at the observe final calendar year.

Palou has also beforehand examined for McLaren as element of the team’s programme of operates working with its 2021 MCL35M chassis. The group not long ago settled a dispute with Ganassi around Palou’s providers which will see him keep at the IndyCar group following calendar year, possessing beforehand introduced a shift to the McLaren SP squad O’Ward races for.

Palou mentioned “it’s wonderful to be driving in the United States in entrance of followers that may well have observed me race in IndyCar.

Pato O'Ward, McLaren, Yas Marina, 2021O’Ward will generate at Yas Marina again“Having pushed the 2021 McLaren MCL35M in a number of checks now, I can not hold out to place the MCL36 by means of its paces.”

McLaren group principal Andreas Seidl mentioned the two motorists amazed them when they examined at the Circuit de Catalunya and Purple Bull Ring previously this calendar year.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for them to showcase their competencies on System 1’s world wide phase, where by the emphasis will be to assistance the group put together for the race weekend and not on best lap instances.”

With only 4 races remaining for groups to fulfill the quota of operating at the very least two motorists with tiny F1 practical experience in follow periods, several have seized on the US and Abu Dhabi rounds as the greatest possibility to full the obligatory operates. McLaren is just one of 4 groups which has verified it will operate a junior driver in follow following 7 days.

F1 teams’ junior driver follow schedulesTeamEventDriverEventDriverMercedesFrench Grand PrixNyck de VriesTBCTBCRed BullSpanish Grand PrixJuri VipsTBCTBCFerrariUnited States Grand PrixRobert ShwartzmanTBCRobert ShwartzmanMcLarenUnited States Grand PrixAlex PalouAbu Dhabi Grand PrixPato O’WardAlpineTBCTBCTBCTBCAlphaTauriBelgian Grand PrixLiam LawsonTBCLiam LawsonAston MartinItalian Grand PrixNyck de VriesAbu Dhabi Grand PrixFelipe DrugovichWilliamsSpanish Grand PrixNyck de VriesUnited States Grand PrixLogan SargeantAlfa RomeoBahrain Grand PrixZhou GuanyuUnited States Grand PrixTheo PourchaireHaasMexican Grand PrixPietro FittipaldiAbu Dhabi Grand PrixPietro Fittipaldi

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