The Spanish pilot Alex Palou, champion of the Indycar Series In 2021, he will be a reserve driver for the McLaren team during the 2023 Formula One season, the British team announced Thursday.
Palou, 25, will be available to carry out his duties as reserve pilot “as long as they do not conflict with their commitments in the Indycar formula”needs McLaren.
The Spaniard already participated with the British team in a free practice session on the occasion of the Formula One United States GP, this year, and drove the MCL35M in Barcelona and Spielberg within the framework of the pilot development program.
in the formula IndycarPalau has achieved four victories and fifteen podiums to date and in 2021 he became the first Spaniard to win the championship.
“I’m excited to be part of the McLaren team as a reserve driver in 2023. I’ve tested both the MCL35M and MCL36 and it’s been a great experience, so I can’t wait to collaborate on next year’s car. I want to continue my development as a driver and I appreciate the trust that McLaren has placed in me.Palau said in a McLaren statement.
The team managerAndreas Seidl, highlights that Palau “impressed in the free practice session in Austin and in the driver development tests. He has already achieved many achievements in motorsport, especially the 2021 Indycar title, and it is brilliant that he can expand his role in the team” .