“I Am Not So Amused” – IndyCar Leader Alex Palou Dismisses Possibility of F1 Future

Published 08/16/2021, 1:40 PM EDT
Aug 14, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Indy Series driver Alex Palou (10) during the Big Machine Spiked Coolers Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports


Spanish IndyCar racer Alex Palou showed great judgment diverting from life in Formula 1. After completing his career in F2, the racer switched to IndyCar. Although he didn’t have the best performance in the junior leagues, he made the smart choice as he now thrives in the Indycar series.

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As an example of a career beyond F1, Palou explains his preference for IndyCar.

“For me, F1 is obviously the premier class, but there are only 20 people in the world who are dedicated to it. I had to find a way to be a professional driver. My dream was to get to IndyCar, because of the American dream, because of how competitive the championship is.”

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Alex Palou said he’s more than happy with the series he is currently in. “I am very very happy to be in the Indycar. Here, 98% of the drivers have a chance to win every race and that is something that does not happen in F1. It’s what makes you want to go to the next race.”

Alex also provided a harsh reality check to the prospects of winning in F1. The Spaniard argues that while being an F1 is good for popularity; he didn’t care for it. ” Going to F1 because it is more popular, you will be more on television and you will have better photos for Instagram, but you will be 17th, 15th, or 12th on the grid. I am not so amused.”

He explained that for him, the Indy is more fulfilling.“Here I am very happy. The races are very big. We have the Indianapolis 500. There are only two teams and 4 drivers in F1 that can win races and it is something that does not fill you as much as winning here.”

Alex Palou hailed by F1 legend

F1 old-timer Fernando Alonso praised his compatriot, calling him a “phenomenon”. He holds Palou high in respect, saying, “This year I see him becoming champion because he is the most consistent, the best and I am very happy because ha3ving a young Spaniard who is succeeding in IndyCar I think is good for everyone and opens eyes a little bit to new generations as well.”

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Alonso too comments on the prospects beyond F1 for a racer. ” F1 is all very well, but it only has 20 drivers from all over the world and not everyone can get there. IndyCar is fantastic, as is the WEC [World Endurance Championship]… there is a lot of racing that is not F1.

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“It’s okay for youngsters to dream of F1, but if they don’t make it–it can’t be a frustrating dream. What Alex is doing, I think, can have repercussions beyond his title or wins,” Alonso concluded.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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