Pato O’Ward was again behind the wheel of a McLaren Method 1 automobile in Barcelona just lately, and he described the expertise as taking management of a “rocket ship on wheels” whereas driving.

The Mexican and IndyCar rival Alex Palou each ran within the 2021 McLaren MCL35M for a day every in Spain as a part of the group’s TPC [Testing of Previous Cars] programme, with each being part of McLaren’s driver steady and participating in Method 1 checks as a part of their contract.

O’Ward first went behind the wheel of Method 1 equipment eventually 12 months’s Abu Dhabi younger driver take a look at, with group CEO Zak Brown making good on his promise of giving O’Ward the prospect to drive their F1 automobile if he took victory in an IndyCar race final season – which the 23-year-old ended up reaching twice.

Spaniard and new IndyCar champion Palou will be part of the McLaren Racing roster from the top of the 12 months, and took half in his personal day of operating after O’Ward had loved his day behind the wheel.

O’Ward, who drives for Arrow McLaren SP in IndyCar, was provided a spot in Barcelona as a reward for 2 additional victories within the collection this season, on his method to seventh place within the championship.

Whereas his intention was to get additional used to how the automobile handles and a style of low and high-fuel operating, O’Ward was beaming after his second alternative behind the wheel of a McLaren.

“Each time you get right into a Method 1 automobile, your smile is to every finish of your face. They’re wonderful vehicles which can be able to a lot,” O’Ward stated after his take a look at.

“They’re artistic endeavors, and I’m tremendous grateful and grateful for the alternatives that Zak and Andreas [Seidl, team principal] are giving me.

“Getting extra seat time in a Method 1 automobile is what it’s all about, in order that I can familiarise myself extra with the automobile, the controls, the tyres and the way the whole lot works – it’s nice, and I’m having fun with it.

Pato O'Ward drives the 2021 McLaren. Barcelona September 2022.

“They’re wonderful vehicles. They’re so fast in comparison with the rest you would possibly drive in your life. It’s an perception into what it’s like going as quick as you’ll ever go in your life – actually with regards to cornering. The stopping energy of an F1 machine is second to none.

“It’s principally a rocket ship on wheels. They’re artistic endeavors, and nice items of engineering – a lot work and useful resource go into the event of those vehicles, and you’ll actually really feel that.”

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