Monaco Increase Management driver Alex Palou attended the Miami Formula One Grand Prix last week in his role as a reserve driver for the McLaren F1 team. The 26-years old from Sant Antoni Vilamajor shares his racing duties as a works driver for CGR in the Indycar series with commitment with the Woking-based team, provided the events he attends with the latter are not clashing with his activities in the American league. Palou flew to Miami early last week and even if, unlike last year in Austin, he was not supposed to drive the car in Friday’s free practice session, he nevertheless shared the garage with the works drivers and joined in in the team’s everyday life. The race did not pan out well for McLaren, with neither Lando Norris or Oscar Piastri taking points, but Alex was able to learn from this weekend and he shared his experience exclusively with MIM:
“I am very happy to have been given the opportunity to once again be with the McLaren team for this Grand Prix”, Palou said. “It has been a tough weekend for the team, but even so, I learned a lot on the way we work and about this year’s car. So, we will go on with our preparation and continue to learn through this year!”.
Palou is currently running third in the Indycar points standings and he’s totally focused the next two rounds at Indianapolis (first on the road course and then for the legendary 500) but he enjoys the unique opportunity to work intensively in both the Indycar and the F1 arenas. The US racing season ends September, 10, and Palou is looking forward to be involved again in helping McLaren F1 achieve their goals for the remainder of the season.