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.
“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.
variety of options
Zak Brown acknowledges that they have several plans on the table to carry out in case it is not possible to sign Oscar Piastri. After the agreement with Daniel Ricciardo not to continue in the next harvest, Brown explains that it is a relief because there are many candidates behind the vacant seat.
“We have a variety of options, and of course this is clearly one of them, otherwise we wouldn’t be at this meeting. Let’s see how it goes and we’ll take it from there. There is a CRB meeting that has been reported, I think we will be in a better position to comment on it after the meeting”, argued the director of the team where the Aztec pilot could land.
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