This is certainly this summer’s and perhaps this year’s racing bombshell. Alex Palou is leaving Chip Ganassi Racing, the team where he was crowned IndyCar champion in 2021 and where he currently competes, at the end of 2022.
The insistent rumours spreading through the paddock have been proved right, the Spaniard is going to McLaren Racing in 2023. The news, however, which broke this Tuesday night, was surrounded with controversy, given the contradictory messages in the notes issued by the different parties involved.
Initially, Chip Ganassi Racing announced that they were executing the contractual clause to unilaterally extend their professional relationship with the Spaniard until the end of 2023.
Chip Ganassi Racing announced today that the team has exercised its option to extend @AlexPalou through the 2023 season.
— Chip Ganassi Racing (@CGRTeams) July 12, 2022
Alex Palou, for his part, responded on social networks that he did not approve of that decision and that he would be leaving the American team at the end of this season for personal reasons to join the McLaren Racing.
The third party in contention, the British group McLaren, reacted by announcing the signing of Alex Palau for the coming season but without specifying the discipline.
Most likely he is to become part of its IndyCar team, the Arrow McLaren SP, where he would join the Mexican Patricio O’Ward, but he could also join McLaren’s Formula 1 team, as a substitute for the underperforming Daniel Ricciardo. The Australian racer already has a foot out of the door thanks to his poor results during the previous and the current campaigns.
I have recently learned from the media that this afternoon, without my approval, Chip Ganassi Racing issued a press release announcing that I would be driving with CGR in 2023. Even more surprising was that CGR’s release included a “quote” which did not come from me.
— Alex Palou Montalbo (@AlexPalou) July 12, 2022
Alex Palou & McLaren, very happy after signing
The Spaniard driver said:
“I’m extremely excited to join the driver roster for such an iconic team as McLaren. I’m excited to be able to show what I can do behind the wheel of a Formula 1 car and looking at what doors that may open. I want to thank everyone at Chip Ganassi Racing for everything they have done for me.”
Images of Alex Palou: Alex Palou Offiicial Twitter.