Alex Palou had a « perfect » experience driving an F1 McLaren


Spaniard Alex Palou has described his experience driving a McLaren Formula 1 car as « perfect » after completing a private test with the British team at the Barcelona circuit a few days ago.

McLaren has held a private test for young drivers at the Barcelona circuit in Spain with IndyCar stars Alex Palou and Pato O’Ward driving the 2021 F1 season for the first time. Alex Palou described his first experience behind the wheel of a Formula 1 car as « perfect »: “It’s so different from any other car a driver can drive before Formula 1 that when you get out of the car the first things that come to mind are acceleration and braking…basic things , because it’s a huge change.” explained Palou to SoyMotor.com.

« It’s incredible. First I did an hour just to check everything was ok in the car, check the bucket and just give myself some time to get comfortable with the speed. When I jumped out of the car, I couldn’t help but tell my wife Esther and my father that it didn’t make sense – not the opportunity itself – which wasn’t the neither case, but the behavior of the car and how different it was.”

“It’s an endless acceleration, it seems to go on and on and on. Then when you do more laps you get used to it and you see where it ends…then there’s the braking, the cornering, it’s so perfect.”

When asked if he managed to drive at 100% of his ability behind the wheel of the McLaren during this test, Palou replied: “100%, no. It’s hard to get the most out of the car with only 500 kilometres. You could, but it comes with some risk. We weren’t looking to lap it, it was more of a progressive thing.

“At the end of the day, I’m a racing driver and this is a racing team, so what matters most is going fast, that’s for sure. But I don’t think it’s possible to go from IndyCar to Formula 1 and shoot 100% of the car in one day.

Regarding a possible arrival in Formula 1, Palou admits that his chances of starting in the premier class are slim, but the Spaniard – who won the IndyCar title in 2021 – believes he has put the odds in his favor thanks to this test .

“When you win IndyCar – which is the biggest goal I’ve set for myself – the doors open a little more and so do your goals.” added Palou.

“I think we proved in the United States that we can be very fast on the ovals in the Indy 500 and we won the championship. So why not try a Formula 1? Doing this test doesn’t mean I’ll be there on the sidelines in case something happens, but doing a test is better than nothing, and I wanted to try a Formula 1 at some point in my life, and now I’m having it. have done. »



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