Palou discovered himself within the eye of the storm when it was introduced in July that he could be leaving Ganassi for McLaren Racing after the 2022 season.
The assertion landed shortly after Ganassi had announced it had taken up the 2021 IndyCar champion’s option for an additional yr, triggering a authorized tug of conflict between the 2 sides.
As a result of acrimonious fallout, Palou’s future was up within the air for 2 months however, in a shocking flip of occasions, Palou introduced on Wednesday he’s now staying put in any case reasonably than be part of Arrow McLaren SP.
“I’m excited to announce that Chip Ganassi Racing and I’ve come to an settlement, and I’ll be again within the No. 10 automobile subsequent season. Wanting ahead to a BIG 2023!” Palou tweeted.
It was understood that, together with desirous to safe a greater contract as an IndyCar champion, Palou’s transfer to McLaren additionally concerned the promise of an involvement within the F1 programme.
Whereas McLaren moved to sign Alpine protege Oscar Piastri to replace Daniel Ricciardo alongside Lando Norris in 2023, Palou’s McLaren testing deal will nonetheless proceed with Ganassi’s approval.
“Alex Palou will stay within the No. 10 automobile with Chip Ganassi Racing for the 2023 IndyCar season,” a Ganassi assertion learn.
“The settlement affords him the chance to check vehicles in separate racing sequence, supplied that it doesn’t immediately battle along with his IndyCar commitments.”
Palou added that he’s “grateful that Chip Ganassi Racing will enable me to pursue F1 testing exterior of my IndyCar commitments”.
“Thanks, Chip, Mike [Hull, Ganassi’s managing director] and your complete workforce on your willingness to work collectively and assist assist each the workforce and my private targets all through this course of,” he mentioned.
McLaren has since confirmed that each Palou and fellow IndyCar racer Pato O’Ward will take a look at a 2021 MCL35M F1 machine at Barcelona this week.
Palou dominated final weekend’s IndyCar season finale at Laguna Seca and, after the race, was seen sharing an embrace with workforce boss Ganassi, suggesting their frosty relationship over Palou’s future had thawed.
As of but it isn’t identified which, if any, settlement Ganassi and McLaren Racing needed to attain to resolve the state of affairs.
Felix Rosenqvist, Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Photograph by: Jake Galstad / Motorsport Images
On account of Palou staying the place he’s, Arrow McLaren SP revealed that Rosenqvist will proceed on with the workforce alongside O’Ward and Alexander Rossi, who joins from Andretti Autosport.
Rosenqvist had a contract with the McLaren Racing group for 2023 however, on account of Palou’s impending arrival, it was prompt the Swede would transfer again to System E to race for McLaren’s new outfit within the electrical championship.
“There’s no higher strategy to enter the low season than with this information,” Rosenqvist mentioned.
“I really like this workforce, and I’m so pleased to proceed working with all of the unimaginable folks I’ve gotten to know over the previous two seasons.
“With all the pieces the workforce has within the pipeline, the persevering with relationship with Pato and the addition of Alex Rossi, we’re going to carry our A-game for 2023.”