IndyCar factors chief Alex Palou reckons he would have carried out what each Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton did at Silverstone, including all passing makes an attempt in IndyCar are “on the restrict”.
Hamilton’s passing try at Copse nook in Sunday’s British Grand Prix resulted involved that despatched Verstappen’s Purple Bull off-track and arduous into the protection barrier.
The Dutch ace went into the race with a 33-point benefit over the seven-time and reigning champion following the dash, however Verstappen’s retirement and Hamilton’s victory has now closed that hole to only eight factors.
Requested by Autosport if he felt that being IndyCar factors chief meant he has goal on his again and expects uncompromising challenges, Palou replied that “all overtakes are on the restrict” within the sequence.
“I feel in IndyCar it is at all times like that,” stated Palou.
“In Mid-Ohio, each race, we contact with different guys. All of the overtakes are on the restrict; the racing in IndyCar is like that.
“I feel it is the fantastic thing about the championship as nicely and these vehicles assist you to have some contact.
“Do I count on some drivers to be extra aggressive on me? I do not suppose so. Perhaps the blokes we’re combating extra, like as an instance Pato [O’Ward], Josef [Newgarden], and [teammates] Scott [Dixon], Marcus [Ericsson].
Alex Palou, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
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“I feel all people fights tremendous arduous with one another right here in IndyCar.
“In Highway America with Newgarden, we weren’t even understanding how we have been within the championship. We have been combating super-hard, touching wheel-to-wheel. He was not being super-hard on me, I wasn’t being super-hard on him.
“I would not change my mindset on him now. Perhaps he can be extra aggressive on me now, however I do not know.”
Palou defined that he felt the Hamilton and Verstappen contact was a results of the duo’s battle for the title, however had he been in both of the drivers’ conditions, he says he would have carried out the identical factor.
“Once you say that Hamilton went on that aggressive transfer, having solely a little bit little bit of house, for certain it was as a result of it was Verstappen – if it was one other man, that would not have occurred – simply because [they] are combating for the championship.
“I count on issues like that to occur. What would I do if that have been to occur? I do not know. For certain [if I was Verstappen] I would not take it simple on Hamilton. But when I used to be Hamilton, I might have gone for it. For my part, they each did what I might do of their locations.
“Perhaps clearly now that you just see the implications, in case you are Verstappen, you say, ‘OK, let him go’. However you can not simply let any individual go in racing.”