Last month in Abu Dhabi, Patricio o’ward made his first laps at the wheel of a Formula 1. Zak Brown awarded two IndyCar victories this season, the Arrow McLaren SP driver completed 92 laps at the wheel of the MCL35M at the Yas Marina Circuit. An experience that could appeal to others?
Whoever won the Indy Lights Championship in 2018 before finishing third in IndyCar last year does not hide it, the premier class of motorsport is his ultimate goal. However, the deadlines are reduced. « To be relatively honest, you can consider that I have two years maximum to be able to join Formula 1 », estimates the 22-year-old Mexican with Motorsport.com. « There’s not much time left. »
« I will do my best to make it happen, because it is the best of the best. My current life started with a dream, and that dream was to reach Formula 1. This dream has gone through different championships, in Endurance and in IndyCar. But it all started with this dream. And I would be lying if I said I didn’t want it, because I want it. I will absolutely give my all, and I will work to the absolute maximum to make sure I do. leave nothing to chance. Because you have to seize the opportunity. You have to try, because if I don’t, I will regret it for the rest of my life. «
O’Ward adds: “A lot of other steps need to be taken in order to actually get that seat. But I think [ce test] was a very good step forward. «
2022 will mark O’Ward’s third full season in IndyCar, and after placing fourth and third in his first two campaigns, the Young Wolf is showing ambition. “I’m going to go back to the IndyCar, start getting ready, start the season, and it’s time to win some races. Time to play another championship, and we’ll see if we made our car faster. We want to play a another title and try again to win the 500 Miles « , he concludes.
Interview by Luke Smith