Pato O’Ward thinks Daniel Ricciardo would like IndyCar, but the Arrow McLaren driver understands the Aussie doesn’t want to race on fast ovals. These do not even represent a quarter of the season, and that is why Romain Grosjean decided not to do it at the start.
« I saw online that he didn’t want to do ovals, which I respect » O’Ward said. « But I think Daniel would love it. I really think he would fit in perfectly. And does he want to do it? Does he not want to do it? I don’t know. »
« The car is very different. I can tell you that. F1 and IndyCar are very different cars. But I think he would like that. He likes America. So I think Daniel would fit in well. And I know the super speedways are very fast. We all understand that they are more dangerous, right?
« But that’s not an insult to ovals or super speedways. It might be hard to explain on TV, but it’s a very cool and very different kind of racing. And once as you do them and start to feel comfortable, you realize how special they are and what they stand for. »
« And I feel like before everyone’s like ‘I don’t want to try ovals’ and closes their mind, try them. Try them because it’s a very, very cool experience . It’s fast, it’s very fast. But I don’t think he would have a problem with that. »
A relatively greater danger compared to F1
O’Ward recalls that IndyCar on an oval is a different sport, as Romain Grosjean had already explained. But he explains that the pleasure behind the wheel of IndyCar on this type of track is unique, and that it is a different driving challenge. It relativizes the excess danger compared to F1.
« I think it’s just a different apprenticeship. It’s a different craft that you have to master, which ultimately makes the championship even harder to win because you have to master three disciplines. different, super speedways and short ovals, and a super speedway is completely different from a short oval. »
« And I think Romain can attest to that. At first he didn’t really want to do them, and then he tried one, and he thought it was cool. And I think you learn how that is to ride on it, how to play with the draft and everything and you learn to love it. »
« And I think super speedways and ovals are a very beautiful thing, and it’s very penalizing, but like in F1. When you go at those speeds, because if you have an accident at more than 320 km/h , I don’t think the consequences will be any less, you’re still traveling at such high speeds. »