The end of winter is approaching and soon the 2022 racing season will be in full swing, but for Monaco Increase Management drivers it has started already. While Pascal Wehrlein is back home from his (and Porsche’s) maiden Formula E victory, both Alex Palou and David Vidales are preparing for their respective challenges ahead of championship’s openings.
Indycar reigning champion Alex Palou was back on track at Sebring at the beginning of this week, his #10 CGR Dallara-Honda sporting a new livery with orange inserts. He was consistently active during the test and showed a good pace throughout (although there was no official timing at the track). When work was done, Alex commented to Monaco Increase Management: “It was a bit weird that the first pre-season testing session was to be the last as well, just a few days before the first race at St.Petersburg. But that was the case and I had some good feelings from the car. Of course, we could not run on a championship track, but Sebring has always been a ‘test circuit’ and it was important for me to get the feeling of driving an Indycar back after my experience at the Daytona 24 this year. As I said, we had good sensations and were rather competitive these days, so now everything’s ready and I am looking forward to St-Pete! It’s a street circuit and we were not particularly fast there in the past, but I believe that with the experience we’ve gained and the preparation we’ve made we can be confident for the race ahead”.
Meanwhile, 19-years old David Vidales was testing at the Circuito de Jerez in southern Spain, completing his preparation in a GP3 car ahead of the FIA Formula 3 series where he will he competing this year. David was also able to run consistently and gain confidence after the winter break. “These are not the cars I will be driving in a few weeks from now” said the native from Leon, Spain – “but the test was useful for me and I feel more and more prepared for the season!”.