Pato O’Ward Describes His Tour of McLaren F1 Technology Center

Published 10/21/2021, 6:18 AM EDT


Patricio O’Ward has impressed everyone with his performances in the IndyCar series. He has won multiple races in the season, racing for the Arrow McLaren SP team. In the recently finished IndyCar season, the Mexican driver surprised everyone and finished third in the championship overall.

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At the beginning of the season, McLaren CEO Zak Brown promised O’Ward an F1 test in the 2021 McLaren F1 car if he won a race in the season. With his drive at Young Driver’s Test at Abu Dhabi confirmed, Patricio was spotted at the MTC.

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I sat in a bunch of cars: Arrow Mclaren SP driver Patricio O’Ward

As reported by The Racer, the IndyCar visited the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking recently. While he was there, he had the opportunity to sit in the previous year’s cars. The Mexican was overjoyed to spend the whole day at MTC.

“I sat in a bunch of cars. Oh, man, this 2008 car… when people ask you which car is the one that gave you a massive b**** when you were a kid, that’s what I grew up watching. And then the 2012 car is the first car I saw live in action. And I was like, oh my God…” said Patricio.

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“When I arrive here is when I get the feeling of what I’m a part of because this place is freaking session. The team told me ‘Oh, you’re going to have a full day…’ I don’t care! If I’m going to be around here all day, I don’t care!

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“It’s just so cool. I feel like in IndyCar we’re slowly shifting into what you get here. Obviously, we don’t have headquarters like this, but what makes me know that I’m racing for such a special name is all the engagement with fans and people.” said Arrow McLaren SP driver.

The Mexican driver is already looking forward to the 2022 IndyCar season. He mentioned he believes he could challenge for the title next season after the last race in Long Beach ended.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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