O'Ward: 'I'd by lying if I said I wasn't interested in F1'

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O'Ward: 'I'd by lying if I said I wasn't interested in F1'

Arrow McLaren SP IndyCar charger Pato O'Ward, who will test for McLaren at the end of the season, can't deny his interest in one day switching to Formula 1.

O'Ward was promised an F1 test by McLaren Racing boss Zak Brown if he achieved a win this year in the NTT IndyCar Championship. The 22-year-old Mexican went one better and delivered two victories in the series with AMSP, finishing third overall in the championship.

O'Ward, who underwent a seat fitting at Woking last week, will therefore roll out onboard a current-spec McLaren at F1's post-season test in Abu Dhabi in December.

Brown said that he would assess O'Ward's performance after his test at Yas Marina, but regardless of the outcome, the McLaren boss made clear that IndyCar must remain the Mexican's absolute priority.

But that won't prevent the talented young charger from keeping F1 in his dreams.

"I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t," O’Ward told Motorsport.com at Woking when asked about his interest in F1.

"Every kid grows up with the same dream, and that same dream is always Formula 1. And if they say it was something else, it’s a lie, because it’s Formula 1.

"Right now I’m so focused on doing the most perfect job that I can in IndyCar. I want to give this team the championship that they deserve. I want to give them an Indy 500.

"And in the future, if it’s something that fits with both of us, of course I’d take a drive in Formula 1.

"Because it’s Formula 1, man! It’s the top of the top in terms of technology and they are the fastest race cars in the world."

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O'Ward's efforts are geared towards winning the title in IndyCar with Arrow McLaren SP and snatching its crown jewel: a victory at the Brickyard in the Indy 500.

But the Mexican sees McLaren as his long-term home in motorsport and a team to which he would love to bring success in all of the manufacturer's arenas.

"Once we achieve all of those goals, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to bring those same objectives or goals to their European side," O’Ward said.

"It’s definitely a dream that I want to win the championship in IndyCar. I want to win the 500.

"Later on, if it’s something that fits both of us, that elusive world championship win. At the end of the day, I feel it would really complete our relationship.

"That’s in a perfect world, that’s my chart. I want to win everything together with McLaren."

Pato O'Ward - Chevrolet Grand Prix of Detroit

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Regardless of what the future may hold, O'Ward says that if he was given a chance to become a Grand Prix driver, he would tackle F1 with the strongest commitment and with the ambition of becoming one of its top contenders.

"It wouldn’t be just to experience it," he added. "If I do the switch, I’m coming to win and compete.

"Just like I told everybody in IndyCar, ever since the first year. I understand we didn’t get our first win, but we were there fighting for wins, and we got many podiums.

"I’m too competitive just to be like, ‘oh, it’s cool’. No, I want to be one of the top dogs in anything that I’m doing, because that’s just the nature of us, the nature of me and of the team.

"That’s the one goal that everybody puts in so many hours for and so much sacrifice. That’s definitely what is on my bucket list."

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Domenicali teases 'good news' for F1 and cryptic message

Formula 1 boss Stefano Domenicali delivered not one but two cryptic messages on Monday regarding the future of... The post Domenicali teases 'good news' for F1 and cryptic message appeared first on F1i.com.

Domenicali teases 'good news' for F1 and cryptic message

Formula 1 boss Stefano Domenicali delivered not one but two cryptic messages on Monday regarding the future of Grand Prix racing, hinting that "good news" is on its way.

The Italian first penned a 'State of the Nation' piece that was published on F1's official website in which he offered a review of the sport's current state as well as some general comments on the draft calendar that was released last week and F1's prospects for 2022.

Domenicali then alluded to F1's future "beyond" next season.

"Regarding the future beyond 2022, there will be some other good news coming out soon, which I don’t want to spoil by saying now," he wrote.

"We are going in the right direction and have reached a point where we can choose where F1 will go in the future.

"We have so many requests to host a Grand Prix. It shows our platform is attractive with more and more governments seeing it as an opportunity to develop their businesses, local economy and awareness of their community. Exciting times ahead."

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While the comments offered little clues as to the nature of the "good news" that awaits, the F1 boss delivered a second cryptic message in a video posted in the afternoon by… Flavio Briatore on Instagram.

Domenicali and Briatore are seen in a meeting room surrounded by members of F1's staff when the former quips: "So stay tuned, lots of fun for the next season in Formula 1".

But it was Briatore who provided perhaps a defining piece of the intriguing puzzle.

 

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"New energy, new power, new excitement… Formula 1", asserted the Flamboyant former team boss with a complicit smile.

Briatore's presence in the frame is as puzzling as the intrigue itself. But the Italian sounded like he was not-so-subtlety alluding to the arrival in F1 of a new team, engine supplier or constructor.

Potential assumptions range from the confirmation of Andretti Autosport taking over Sauber-Alfa Romeo, to a commitment from Porsche or Audi to enter F1 as an engine supplier.

Speculation will no doubt ramp up in the coming days, with a disclosure and official announcement perhaps taking place at the US Grand Prix later this week.

We thus patiently wait…

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