Palou: Lack of F1 guarantee at my age played part in McLaren U-turn
Chip Ganassi Racing driver Alex Palou, who recently won his second IndyCar title, had been testing previous cars as a reserve driver for McLaren’s Formula 1 team. It was believed to be part of an evaluation phase for a potential move to McLaren’s F1 driver lineup in the future. However, Palou decided to stay with Ganassi instead, putting his F1 ambitions on hold. Speaking about his shift in attitude towards F1, Palou explained that winning the championship at the age of 24 made him consider trying something new. Despite the opportunity with McLaren, he felt there was no guarantee of a racing future in Formula 1. Palou, now 26, acknowledged that if an F1 opportunity arises in the future, he will consider it, but he is currently focused on his successful career in IndyCar.