Palou Acknowledges F1 Opportunity Might Be Lost Forever

Alex Palou concedes that a transition to Formula 1 may never happen for him. Having clinched his second Indycar championship, the 26-year-old Spaniard seemed to be on a trajectory towards F1, thanks to his backing by McLaren.

However, McLaren CEO Zak Brown is now taking legal action against Palou, reportedly seeking up to $30 million for the driver’s choice to break a contract and stay with Chip Ganassi instead of moving to McLaren’s Indycar team.

Many speculate that Palou’s chances for an F1 career have now dwindled. “The door is never completely closed,” Palou 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,” he added. “I’m happy where I am,” the Indycar ace 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 stated.