The possibility of Pato O’Ward making his 2022 Mexican GP debut with McLaren

The possibility of Pato O’Ward making his 2022 Mexican GP debut with McLaren

Pato O’Ward could make his Formula 1 debut at the Mexican Grand Prix (Photo: EFE/Chris Owens/IndyCar)

Within Mexican motorsport, one of the young hopefuls who could follow Sergio’s path Czech Perez is Patricio O’Ward, better known as Pato O’Ward. The current pilot IndyCar Series could be about to have its first participation in the Formula 1 with the The McLaren team.

After his participation in IndyCar SeasonPato carried out a practice with the single-seaters of the English team and the plans that they would have in McLaren were advanced so that the pilot from Monterrey would have an activity in the next Mexican Grand Prix at Autodromo Hermanos Rodríguez.

Recently, at a press conference, the CEO of McLaren, Zack Brown, has revealed some of the plans they have to comply with the rookie driver rule during F1 practice sessions. Among the prospects being considered for his Formula 1 debut are Colton’s Heart, Alex Palou there Pato O’Ward.

McLaren CEO Zak Brown has revealed some of the plans they have to comply with the rookie driver rule (Picture: REUTERS/Molly Darlington)
McLaren CEO Zak Brown has revealed some of the plans they have to comply with the rookie driver rule (Picture: REUTERS/Molly Darlington)

“I wouldn’t rule out Colton, but whatever we do will be in McLaren’s best interests rather than helping AlphaTauri.”

But the 23-year-old runner is said to be already scheduled for the race in Mexico City, due to the presence of the Mexican public and the relevance the race has taken on. Formula 1 in the country with the presence of Czech Perez, McLaren would take advantage of these conditions to Pato O’Ward was created during Friday’s training session at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.

“What we put on depends on knowing the track. Obviously, Pato in Mexico is a stage.”

It must be remembered that the Mexican Grand Prix will take place at the end of October on the 28th, 29th and 30thdates on which the Monterrey driver could coincide on the track with Czech Perez of Red Bull. But before that happens, the International Federation of Automobiles (FIA) must approve the beginner’s driver’s license and thus see him race on the track.

Faced with such a scenario, Zak Brown questioned how the selection process is going, assuring that IndyCar Series drivers have the opportunity to compete alongside those of Formula 1.

“Somebody Colton’s caliber, or Pato’s caliber, or half the grid (IndyCar) are capable of Formula 1. If someone like Colton – who has won many IndyCar races – is not eligible for a super license, I think we need to review the system.

Zak Brown has assured Pato O'Ward has a chance to make his Mexican GP debut (Photo: Christopher Hanewinckel/USA TODAY Sports)
Zak Brown has ensured Pato O’Ward has a chance to make his Mexican GP debut (Photo: Christopher Hanewinckel/ USA TODAY Sports)

Finally, the CEO of McLaren expressed his annoyance at the rule imposed by the FIA ​​so that Formula 1 teams have to give young drivers a chance on the tracks of the season, since since the irregularity of Alpine and its pilots has been highlightedthe Federation imposed a series of changes to avoid such incidents.

“I understand that the rules are the rules and the rules should not be broken, but I wonder if just because these are the rules that exist now, are they the right rules,” he added. .

Since August 24 Daniel Ricardo and the team confirmed an agreement to terminate their contract and be free to negotiate with another team.

This opened up a seat in the British squad for the following season, which was continually linked with IndyCar stars: Pato O’WardColton Herta and Álex Palou, recently incorporated.

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