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Alex Palou joins McLaren

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British Formula One team McLaren have announced NTT INDYCAR SERIES 2021 champion Alex Palou as one of their reserve drivers for the 2023 Formula One season.

The Spaniard, who made his Free Practice debut during the 2022 United States Grand Prix, has also had multiple tests with the MCL35M in Barcelona and Spielberg. Palou currently drives for the Chip Ganassi Racing team in IndyCar.

Palou commented:

I’m excited to be part of the McLaren team as one of their reserve drivers in 2023. I’ve been behind the wheel of both the MCL35M and MCL36 and it has been a great experience, so I can’t wait for the involvement with next year’s car. I look forward to continuing my development as a driver and I appreciate the trust McLaren have in me with this new role next year.

Andreas Seidl, Team Principal, McLaren F1 Team, added:

The team are pleased to have Alex on board as one of our reserve drivers for next season. He impressed with his FP1 session in Austin and his Driver Development tests this year. He has many notable motorsports achievements so far, particularly the 2021 INDYCAR championship title so it’s brilliant to be able to expand his role in the team and we look forward to working more closely with him.

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