Ricciardo has insisted that he needs to deal with a return to a prime F1 seat in 2024, and has not given any critical thought to making an attempt one other class.
Nonetheless, he has indicated that he’s not eager to attempt ovals ought to IndyCar racing ever change into an choice for him.
O’Ward, who has hung out with Ricciardo whereas embedded within the McLaren F1 camp, stood in for Lando Norris at McLaren in FP1 in Abu Dhabi.
He believes that the Australian would make a simple transition to the US scene.
“I did see on-line that he did not wish to do ovals, which I respect,” mentioned the Mexican. “However I believe Daniel would find it irresistible. I actually assume he would match proper in. And does he wish to do it? Does he not wish to do it? I do not know.
“The automotive may be very totally different. I can let you know that. The way in which F1 is versus how IndyCar is, is it is very totally different. However I believe he would find it irresistible. He loves America. So I believe Daniel would match proper in. And I do know the superspeedways are very fast. All of us perceive they’re extra harmful, proper?
“However I believe there’s a whole lot of type of like trash speak about of superspeedways and ovals on the whole. And it should not be that method. As a result of possibly on TV it is laborious to elucidate however it’s a very cool, very totally different sort of racing.
“And when you do them somewhat bit extra and also you type of begin getting comfy with it, you realise how particular they’re and what they’re all about.
Pato O’Ward, McLaren IndyCar Driver
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“And I really feel like earlier than all people type of goes, I do not wish to attempt ovals, and type of simply shut your thoughts, attempt it. Attempt it as a result of it is a very, very cool expertise. It is fast, it is very quick. However I do not assume he’d have a difficulty with it.”
O’Ward recommended that IndyCar convert Romain Grosjean, who was initially reluctant to attempt ovals when he made the transfer in 2021 however subsequently embraced them, offers an excellent case research.
“I believe it is only a totally different studying,” he mentioned. “It is a totally different craft that you must grasp, which finally makes the championship even more durable to win as a result of you’ll want to craft three totally different disciplines, tremendous speedways and quick ovals and a brilliant speedway is totally totally different to a brief oval.
“And I believe Romain can attest that. He began off not likely eager to do them, after which he type of tried one, and he is like that is cool.
“I believe you find out how it’s to drive in it and tips on how to mess around with the towing and every thing and also you study to find it irresistible.
“Superspeedways and ovals are a really lovely factor however they’re very penalising while you’re going at these speeds, proper, however as it’s in an F1 automotive, I imply when you’ve got an accident at over 200mph, I do not assume the implications will likely be a lot much less, you are still travelling at such excessive speeds.”