Confirmed by Zak Brown: Pato O’Ward and Alex Palou are getting closer to Formula 1

Confirmed by Zak Brown: Pato O’Ward and Alex Palou are getting closer to Formula 1

One of the novelties that emerged after the summer break was the discontinuation of Daniel Ricciardo in the McLaren team for 2023. This is how various names emerged as contenders for the seat which has Oscar Piastri as the first candidate, but the he current F2 champion is going through a contract review process as Alpine confirmed him as a driver and then denied it. that is how Pato O’Ward emerges as one of the contenders to fill the seat vacated by the Australian driver.

Pato O’Ward performed tests on the McLaren F1 car. The Mexican driver is currently competing in IndyCar, but Zak Brown, boss of the Woking-based Formula 1 team, explained that it is one of the options to consider in the event that it is not possible to sign Oscar Piastri.

Palou is in McLaren’s orbit.

“We have our testing program, Colton has done a great job, Pato O’Ward was on the car late last year, did a great job. Of course we have our situation with Alex in the United States, we’ll see how that evolves, but certainly we plan to put it in our Formula 1 car“, Argued Zak Brown, who has analyzed the current panorama.



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