O’Ward loved his first style of F1 equipment on the finish of final yr in Abu Dhabi when he took half within the younger driver check as a reward for scoring his maiden IndyCar win for the Arrow McLaren SP squad.
The Mexican driver completed the yr third within the IndyCar standings and was in rivalry for the championship till the ultimate race, taking wins in Texas and Detroit.
Following his check within the McLaren MCL35M in Abu Dhabi, O’Ward mentioned he thought there was a two-year window to make an F1 swap occur, and that he would do “every part I can to make it occur”.
McLaren Racing CEO Brown has lengthy harassed the significance of O’Ward remaining targeted on his duties in IndyCar, and felt that successful the championship can be the best manner for him to stake a declare to a future F1 seat.
“That’s precisely what I instructed him, the quickest strategy to F1 is to go and do what Juan Pablo Montoya or Alex Zanardi or Jacques Villeneuve or Michael Andretti did: go win in IndyCar,” Brown mentioned.
“That’s going to be your greatest likelihood of entering into F1. He’s unbelievably proficient. He’s an awesome persona. I believe he’s received what it takes from a uncooked expertise viewpoint to be a Method 1 driver.
Patricio O’Ward, McLaren MCL35M
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“Clearly Method 1 is a way more completely different self-discipline, so he’s received lots to study, with all of the buttons for instance. However for positive he’ll [learn].
“He wants to remain very targeted on IndyCar. It’s going to be his greatest route into F1. I believe his [two-year] timeline is about proper.”
The comparability to Montoya is one which Brown has beforehand bestowed on O’Ward.
The 2 drivers are set to be team-mates for McLaren at this yr’s Indianapolis 500 when Montoya returns to the team in a 3rd automotive for the race.
O’Ward scored one other main profession victory final weekend by successful the LMP2 class on the Daytona 24 Hours with DragonSpeed alongside Colton Herta, Devlin DeFrancesco and Eric Lux.
However he vented his frustration earlier this month over the “ridiculous” necessities of the FIA superlicence factors system, which solely rewards the IndyCar champion with the mandatory 40 factors to race in F1.