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Palou tests with McLaren at Barcelona

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15/09/2022

Spanish IndyCar driver, Alex Palou is in action at Barcelona this week having joined McLaren's testing programme.

The youngster is joined at the three-day test by Pato O'Ward, at the wheel of the 2021 MCL35M.

The test comes as McLaren confirmed that Felix Rosenqvist will join O’Ward and Alex Rossi in its three-car IndyCar line-up for 2023, while Palou remains with Chip Ganassi Racing.

Interestingly, Colton Herta, who is part of the Woking outfit's testing programme, and is being linked with AlphaTauri, is not taking part in the test.

While yesterday's outing marked Palou's F1 debut, O'Ward took part in last season's post-season test in Abu Dhabi.

With six races remaining, there is mounting speculation as to who McLaren will field for the two mandatory FP1 outings, and while it is almost certain that O'Ward will contest one of them, it remains to be seen if Palou or Herta will be given the opportunity.

Ferrari, on the other hand, has confirmed that Robert Shwartzman will drive the opening session at COTA next month.

Thus far, the Russian-Israeli, who was runner-up in the 2021 F2 championship, has only driven the Scuderia's older machinery, though he contested last season's post season test in Abu Dhabi with Haas.

Meanwhile, Alpine, which is due to carry out a private test at the Hungaroring later this month, is understood to be running four drivers, with Herta joining Jack Doohan, Nyck de Vries and Antonio Giovinazzi, all of whom, bar the American, are thought to be under serious consideration for a race seat with the French team next season.

Picture Credit: McLaren

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1. Posted by kenji, 16/09/2022 2:51

"Sorry to double dip but relative to above post I have found some stats referring to the the test times set by Ricciardo and he actually shaved a massive 1.3 seconds off Vettels pole setting time!!!."

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2. Posted by kenji, 16/09/2022 2:44

"Wouldn't it be great if some results of these tests were published so that we, as the fan core interests, could be appraised as to the possible potential of new drivers! It may also help us all to understand how the teams evaluate the criteria generated and their final decisions?. IIRC back in 2013 Daniel Ricciardo tested at Abu Dhabi and it was published that he had shaved some very serious time off the race winners [Vettel ] fastest lap set the previous day. It spoke volumes and no doubt was a key stat that Red Bull could use to validate their decisions for the future."

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