F1 is a very distant illusion
Mexican driver Pato O’Ward sees the possibility of reaching Formula 1 as an illusion, very distant, because he knows that places are very rare.
“It doesn’t do me any good to have that illusion,” O’Ward said in an exclusive interview with ESPN. “Up to this point, I feel like I’ve matured into the aspect that the illusion is a very distant illusion, because even though I’m driving at a very, very high level, what I have fact, even with that, you’re not going to be able to convince them There’s a lot more stuff and politics, there’s a lot of stuff that’s out of my control, that I’ll never be able to control and that’s I must leave it there, because there is no point in espousing the illusion.
On August 2, a day after Fernando Alonso announced he was leaving the Alpine team to join Aston Martin, the French team posted on its networks that its driver for 2023 would be Oscar Piastri, but the Australian denied the assertion.
It shook the motorsport world and it was soon learned that Piastri could have a deal with McLaren. Obviously as a result, Colton Herta, Alex Palou, Pato O’Ward would see their chances reduced.
Pato O’Ward knows he is indirectly affected by the whole environment and on Twitter he posted a ‘popcorn’ or popcorn emoji in reaction to Piastri-gate.
“The truth is that there have been so many things that have changed and changed and changed more and more and now pa’cá and now pa’llá… I come to the same point, what is it who helps me get stressed?
“The truth is that since the beginning of the year I put an end to it and I stopped thinking about it, because this idea excites you, that’s why everyone wants to leave what they have for this illusion. But I’m a smart man , I’m not cool and I know how things happened, but since I don’t have much to say in this situation and it’s no use to me d ‘have this illusion and that I love Indycar, I want it to grow, to go to Mexico, to go global, I want to help everything to continue to grow because it has immense potential,’ he added.
The Mexican driver admits he needs to be more aggressive in his strategy to take the top spots.
This does not mean that he does not plan to take advantage of it if McLaren offers him to participate in free practice at a Grand Prix, in fact that would be the only thing that would interest him, not private testing, so for him the important thing is Indycar, nothing else.
“At the moment you can’t present me something for a Formula 1 seat, because you don’t have a seat, those seats are gone,” the royal O’Ward said. “Yes, (Zak told him about the contract for F1) but as the season is at the moment, I didn’t want to get involved in this ‘let me finish here’. Anyway, I couldn’t leave, he has me on his Indycar team it’s not like “bye I’m leaving” I’m signed to his Indycar team and if he wants to put me in a Formula 1 car he can put me in a Formula 1 car.
“Which would be fine with me, because that seat has already been closed, the only thing I’m fine with is that they give me FP1s, that’s the only thing I’m fine with, just go up and go around the car just doesn’t suit me at all and the truth is, I’m not interested in putting energy and effort into something that you’re just going to spin.”
Pato said now his mind is on Indycar and if one day something F1 happens it will come and at that time he will invest his energy in the matter, but he acknowledged that if he had to do FP1 in a GP he would love to be in Mexico as the first option then Austin.