Monaco, January 24
The wait is over! The forthcoming weekend will see the start of real track action for two of the MIM-managed drivers, Alex Palou and Pascal Wehrlein. Meanwhile, David Vidales continues his preparation ahead of FIA F3 debut with Campos Racing.
Indycar reigning champ Alex Palou will compete this weekend in the classical Daytona 24 Hours in the #1 Cadillac Dpi-V.R fielded by Chip Ganassi Racing, together with fellow Indy driver Scott Dixon and veterans Renger van der Zande and Sebastien Bourdais. Alex quickly adapted to an all-new racing car category and was third fastest in one of the practice sessions, before handing over the wheel to van der Zande and Bourdais for the 100-minutes ‘Roar to the 24’ qualifying race which took place on Sunday, Jan.24. The format of the Quali race has only two drivers per car and so Alex sat out as his team-mates raced for the pole. The car was definitely quick and van der Zande made his way to P2 in the opening lap after starting from sixth, but subsequently, the #1 Cadillac had to serve a drive-through penalty for pit lane speeding and ended up P5, which is the position it will start from on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Pascal Wehrlein is all geared up for the opening round of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, that will mark the beginning of his second season as a TAG-Porsche team works driver. After having been deprived of his first victory in 2021 due to a technicality, Pascal is really looking forward to the challenge ahead: “We’ve consolidated a lot as a team. While some of the races could have gone better, we learned a great deal and have undoubtedly grown stronger. We want to build on that this season. I’m looking forward to fighting together as a team and winning races. This year, we will be competing on some new circuits, which I always find exciting. The rule changes will certainly have a positive impact and ensure that the competition is even fairer, which makes it more interesting. We have to be totally focused from the first race and perform to the best of our ability. Then we’ll be fast and successful. I always put myself under a lot of pressure, anyway. I want to do my very best in every qualifying and race and always get the most out of myself. If I manage this and we can bring the full potential of our car to the track, we’ll definitely be among the frontrunners. I don’t mind the pressure. On the contrary, I look forward to the feeling of getting in the car, putting my foot down and doing what I love most.”