Indycar stars set for F1 appearances in 2023

Exciting news awaits Formula 1 fans, as two prominent Indycar drivers are set to grace the Friday practice sessions during several grand prix later this year.

As McLaren continues to establish its presence in both Formula 1 and America’s premier open-wheeler category under the leadership of CEO Zak Brown, they have nurtured strong connections with talented drivers from the Indycar series.

Notably, Alex Palou, the dominant driver from Chip Ganassi Racing, shares close links with McLaren. Additionally, Pat O’Ward competes for McLaren’s own Indycar team.

In a recent interview with Speed Week, Zak Brown hinted at the impending appearances of Palou and O’Ward in Formula 1 free practice sessions. “We haven’t made a final decision yet, but we have to use rookies in free practice,” Brown stated.

He revealed that fans can expect to see these Indycar stars making their way to the Formula 1 world after the conclusion of the Indycar season in September.

Beyond these initial practice sessions, the question arises about potential racing roles for Palou and O’Ward in Formula 1.

Brown expressed his belief in their capabilities, stating, “I see no reason why not. We currently have no cockpits available, but I’m absolutely convinced that both of them have Formula 1 potential.”