Formula 1 is Formula 1. There is no more. It is the highest category in motorsport and everything that goes into being a part of here is simply unimaginable. There are only 20 seats available, maybe and there will be 22 -as there was in the past with more teams-, but these places are so precious within the category that all pilots will give their 100% to be able to stay or have one of them. As was well mentioned in his respective time, Zak Brown, CEO of McLaren, ‘bet’ a Formula 1 test with Patricio O’ward, IndyCar driver, if the Mexican won a race in his season in the American category. Pato did it in just his fourth race at Texas, so he will be driving this year's McLaren at the end of season test at the Abu Dhabi circuit. With this as a preamble, the Mexican driver who finished third in the 2021 IndyCar season commented that it would be one more achievement and a dream come true to compete in a Formula 1 Grand Prix.
“It's a lot to take in, man. As I have told everyone, I am completely focused on being the IndyCar champion and trying to win the 500, I want to do it. And it has been a dream of mine for many years. " The Mexican driver affirmed during an interview with the media called “racer”.
“But whoever tells you that he didn't grow up wishing or wanting to be in Formula 1 is lying. That was what sparked my love for motorsports in general." O’ward confessed. “The first race or the first event that I was in in person was a Formula 1 event and I can remember it as if it was yesterday, the cars just screaming. I was like three or four miles from the track, and you hear the 'neeeeeowwww - bam bam!' I was like, 'What the hell is this?!' "
"I didn’t know what to do. I was... I still get goosebumps right now talking about it just because I didn't know what to do, man. Like today, when I sat in the car, it was like a child in a candy store, because this is what I grew up seeing. "
Let's remember that Pato went a few days ago to the MTC (McLaren Technology Centre) to be able to test the seat that he will be using in the British car during the end of season test in the Middle Eastern country. The Mexican driver felt quite consistent in his IndyCar season, finishing third and fighting for the championship until the final race. Pato claims that he has always wanted to drive an F1 car and this will be the year in which this dream will come true.
“Honestly, I didn't want to overthink it [the test] because I knew I was going to feel more pressure. So I blocked it out of my head. Only today I’m just realizing what I am doing and what I am going to do in December. "
“I feel like that was good of me. My body turned off. And now that I'm here [in the MTC] and in the simulator and the whole seat… things really start to assimilate. " The Mexican driver affirmed.