Palou in the end will continue at Ganassi but will try with McLaren F1
Alex Palou announced he was staying with his current IndyCar team, Chip Ganassi Racing, for 2023; Felix Rosenqvist will remain with Arrow McLaren SP.
Palou came into the eye of the storm when it was announced in July that he would be leaving Ganassi for McLaren Racing after the 2022 season.
The news came shortly after Ganassi announced he had exercised the option to renew the 2021 IndyCar champion for another year, sparking a legal tussle between the two sides.
Because of this controversy, Alex Palou’s future has been up in the air for two months, but in a surprising turn of events, Palou announced on Wednesday that he was staying after all and not going to McLaren .
“I am delighted to announce that Chip Ganassi Racing and I have reached an agreement and that I will be back in the #10 car next season. Looking forward to a GREAT 2023!” tweeted Palou .
As well as wanting to secure a better contract as IndyCar champion, signing Palou for McLaren also involved the promise of bringing him closer to Formula 1.
And while McLaren have decided to sign Oscar Piastri from Alpine to replace Daniel Ricciardo alongside Lando Norris in 2023, Palou’s trial contract with McLaren will continue with Ganassi’s approval.
“Alex Palou will repeat in car number 10 with Chip Ganassi Racing for the 2023 INDYCAR season. This agreement gives him the opportunity to test cars in other series, as long as it does not directly conflict with his INDYCAR commitments. “, said the Ganassi. statement.
Palou added that he was “grateful that Chip Ganassi Racing allowed me to do some F1 testing outside of my IndyCar commitments”.
“Thank you, Chip, Mike Hull [director general de Ganassi] and the entire team for their willingness to work together and help support both the team and my personal goals through this process,” he said.
Palou dominated at Laguna Seca, in the 2022 IndyCar season finale last weekend, and after the race he was seen hugging team boss Ganassi, suggesting their cold relationship on Palou’s future has improved.
At this time, the agreement Ganassi and McLaren Racing have reached to resolve the situation is unknown.
Felix Rosenqvist, Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Photo by: Jake Galstad / Motorsport Images
Following Palou’s retention, Arrow McLaren SP has announced that Felix Rosenqvist will continue with the team alongside Patricio O’Ward and Alexander Rossi, who will join Andretti Autosport.
Rosenqvist was under contract with the McLaren Racing group for 2023, but due to the arrival of Palou the Swede could return to Formula E to race with the new McLaren team in the electric championship.
“There’s no better way to enter the offseason break than with this news,” Rosenqvist said.
“I love this team and I’m excited to continue working with all the amazing people I’ve come to know over the past two seasons.”
“With everything the team has planned, the ongoing relationship with Pato and the addition of Alex Rossi, we will give our best in 2023.”
#Palou #continue #Ganassi #McLaren