SEPTEMBER 6, 2023
Palou admits F1 door may never re-open
Alex Palou admits he might never get the chance to switch to Formula 1.
Now with his second Indycar title in his pocket, the 26-year-old Spaniard had appeared destined for a future on the F1 grid due to his backing by McLaren.
McLaren CEO Zak Brown, however, is now suing Palou for up to a reported $30 million over the driver's decision to renege on a deal to switch from Chip Ganassi to McLaren's own Indycar team.
Many think Palou has now lost his chance of a future in F1.
The door is never completely closed, he has now told the Spanish newspaper Marca, "but at the same time I am getting older.
So if after (the titles in) 2021 and 2023 there has not been a real and good opportunity, it will be difficult for a door to open, because it will be difficult to repeat these achievements, Palou added.
I'm happy where I am, the Indycar star added. "I think there are very few opportunities but if a good one comes along we would take it. But I'm not waiting impatiently for F1 either.
The position I have is very privileged, in one of the best teams, with everything I need to fight for races and championships, and it would be difficult to leave, Palou said.