The rumor is confirmed: Pato O’Ward turns into a reserve driver in a Formulation 1 group, after the announcement made by McLaren, so the dream of seeing one other Mexican within the Grand Circus is getting nearer, after the success of Checo Perez for 13 years, and what was Esteban Gutierrez a few years in the past.
In an announcement shared on the group’s social networks, it’s confirmed that beginning subsequent season, the Indycar driver would be the reserve of a group that presently has Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri as most important drivers.
This confirms the evolution of the driving force from Monterrey, who will likely be current for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with the group he’ll defend from 2024 onwards. Pato will make his debut in free follow 1 and the post-season take a look at of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2023.
Patricio O’Ward’s phrases after turning into McLaren reserve driver.
McLaren is happy to have a Mexican reserve driver in Formulation 1.
Via a press launch, Andrea Estella, now sporting director of the group is happy with the official arrival of the Mexican driver.
“Patricio had a formidable season in IndyCar, he carried out properly in improvement testing, a pure motive for his subsequent step to be eligible for an FIA tremendous license. With the in depth schedule, it’s prudent to safe a large pool of drivers to contemplate as wanted. We sit up for seeing him evolve together with his new function.”
The way forward for Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri at McLaren
As not too long ago as September 2023, McLaren confirmed a contract extension till 2026 for Oscar Piastri, whereas Lando Norris has signed till 2025.
There’s discuss that after the 2024 season, there’s a good likelihood of seeing both of those two children soar to Crimson Bull, particularly within the case of Lando Norris, who’s an in depth pal of Max Verstappen.
This might open up a chance for Pato O’Ward, who could have a really skilled 2024 in F1.