Arrow McLaren SP IndyCar driver O’Ward took part in the young driver test in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday as a reward for scoring his first victory earlier this 12 months, having made a wager with McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown.
O’Ward accomplished 92 laps within the McLaren MCL35M on the Yas Marina Circuit, and mentioned afterwards that he found the experience “addictive”, surpassing all expectations.
O’Ward beforehand mentioned that he “would be lying” to say he had not thought about a potential switch from IndyCar to F1 sooner or later, calling the sequence “the highest of the highest”.
Following his check outing in Abu Dhabi, O’Ward mentioned he thought there was solely a two-year window for him to take a look at making the transfer to F1, however that he was decided to make it occur.
“To be pretty trustworthy, arguably there’s most two extra years for me to have the ability to come into the F1 scene,” O’Ward instructed Autosport in Abu Dhabi.
“There’s not way more time.
“I’ll do all the pieces I can to make it occur, as a result of it’s the high of the highest, and my dream and my life, proper now, it began with one dream, and that dream was to make it to Method 1.
“That dream ambled out to completely different sequence, endurance racing and IndyCar racing. However it began with that one dream. And I’d be mendacity if I mentioned I don’t need it, as a result of I do.
“I’m going to do completely all the pieces I can, and I’m going to push to my absolute most to guarantee that I depart nothing on the desk.
“Since you’ve bought to take it. You’ve bought to strive, as a result of if I don’t, I’ll remorse it for the remainder of my life.”
Pato O’Ward, McLaren MCL35M
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Whereas O’Ward mentioned he felt a step nearer to make the transfer after his first F1 check, he acknowledged there have been “much more steps that must be taken with the intention to truly get the seat”.
“However I feel it was an excellent first step,” he added.
O’Ward will return to IndyCar in 2022 with the McLaren crew after ending third on this 12 months’s championship, scoring two race wins and ending fourth on the Indianapolis 500. He is because of race within the Gulf 12 Hours alongside McLaren boss Brown subsequent month, however afterwards will shift full consideration again to IndyCar.
“I’ll return to Indy, begin making ready, begin the season, and it’s time to win some races,” O’Ward mentioned.
“Time to problem for an additional championship, and let’s see if we’ve made our automotive sooner.
“We need to problem for an additional title, and we need to have one other go at making an attempt to win the 500.”