Alex Palou to drive for McLaren at US Grand Prix

Oct 14, 2022

MIM driver will make his debut at the wheel of a 2022 F1 car during first practice in Austin

It’s another important step forward in Alex Palou’s career and for Monaco Increase Management: at the next United States Grand Prix, on Friday, Oct.21, the 25-years old Spaniard will drive for the first time a Formula One car at an official event as he will take part in the first practice session at the wheel of a 2022 McLaren MCL36.
Palou will substitute for Daniel Ricciardo in the 60-minutes session. For the 2021 Indycar champion, this is his first outing in this year’s F1 car, following two successful testing sessions with last year’s MCL35M at Circuit de Catalunya and Red Bull Ring.

“I’m so excited to be making my F1 weekend debut”, Palou said. “It’s great to be driving in the United States in front of fans that may have seen me race in INDYCAR. Having driven the 2021 McLaren MCL35M in a few tests now, I can’t wait to put the MCL36 through its paces. I look forward to helping the team in their preparation for the 2022 United States Grand Prix. Also, I love the city of Austin, I even lived there for a while at the beginning of my adventure in the USA!”

Since Alex joined Salvatore Gandolfo’s Monaco Increase Management only a few years ago, his career has rocketed. Under MIM’s guidance, he moved to Japan to compete in the highly demanding Super Formula in 2019 and came out as best rookie of the season, then moved to the US to clinch the Indycar season already in his second year! Meanwhile, MIM’s management helped him sign a contract with McLaren to become their development and reserve driver in Formula One, while retaining his driving duties at CGR for the 2023 season.


Italian-born entrepreneur Salvatore Gandolfo founded Monaco Increase Management in 2018 with the aim of creating a ‘different’ drivers’ management system operating from the place-to-be in motorsports: the Principality of Monaco. Besides Alex Palou, MIM also manages the professional careers of Pascal Wehrlein (former F1 driver, youngest DTM champion and currently works Porsche driver in F.E) and David Vidales, the first man to win two races in a row at his single-seater debut with Renault Eurocup.