Palou and O'Ward rack up F1 miles in Austria


Alex Palou and Pato O’Ward both feel they are making progress with Formula 1 machinery after their latest tests with McLaren.

The pair were at the Red Bull Ring in Austria last week to continue their program of testing with a previous car (TPC), driving the 2021 McLaren at the circuit used for the Austrian Grand Prix. The run out came just a matter of weeks after their last test in the MCL35M in Barcelona – an opportunity Palou had described as “a dream” – and he was similarly excited with his latest experience.

“The second track that we’ve been in an F1 car and it was an awesome learning experience,” Palou, pictured top, said. “This track is super-fitting for this car and I had a lot of fun.

Both drivers are expected to get further opportunities in the MCL35M with McLaren this year now that the IndyCar season is over, also allowing them to gain experience of a secretion of European F1 circuits, and could also receive FP1 outings with McLaren at one of the remaining four rounds in Austin, Mexico, Brazil and Abu Dhabi.

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