IndyCar chief Alex Palou has ‘no intention of honoring his contract’ with McLaren following period,’ crew says
Alexander Rossi and Felix Rosenqvist have been described as replacements Palou rebuked Chip Ganassi Racing’s try to decide on up the solution for 2023 DailyMail.com delivers all the hottest global sporting activities information
The prolonged contractual saga bordering IndyCar championship leader Alex Palou took a different wild twist Friday when the head of McLaren Racing advised his crew the Spaniard has ‘no intention of honoring his contract’ with the team future yr.
In a letter sent to the Arrow McLaren Racing workforce by manager Zak Brown, a duplicate of which was attained by The Involved Push, Brown wrote that Palou had supplied him numerous assurances he’d be donning papaya in 2024 and has presently received an progress on his salary.
The letter was sent to McLaren staff shortly right after Friday’s last IndyCar Collection on-track session at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Previous July, Palou shockingly entered the no cost agent market when he publicly rebuked Chip Ganassi Racing’s try to pick up the selection Ganassi held on him for 2023.
Palou reported he as a substitute was signing up for each McLaren’s IndyCar method and had a Components Just one contract.
Alex Palou has decided to inform McLaren Racing he will not be a part of their group at the year’s end
Alexander Rossi and Felix Rosenqvist have been stated as possible replacements
Ganassi fought it and the sides settled with Palou remaining in IndyCar with Ganassi this yr, but screening as a reserve driver for McLaren on his off weekends.
He was slated to join McLaren comprehensive-time at the conclude of this IndyCar year, and was in total McLaren papaya-colored gear at System One’s Miami Grand Prix in May possibly.
Palou is at this time closing in on his second IndyCar title in a few many years driving for Ganassi. The 26-year-aged Spaniard is in his fourth year of IndyCar – 3 with Ganassi – but has extended held F1 ambitions.
‘This is amazingly disappointing considering the commitment he has designed to us both directly and publicly and our significant expense in him primarily based on that determination,’ Brown wrote to his workforce.
‘We devoted a large amount of time, income and sources planning to welcome Alex into our crew since we considered in him and ended up looking forward to IndyCar wins with him. Coming out of his group dispute final fall, we ended up assured by Alex of his dedication to Arrow McLaren reflected in the contract he entered into with us.’
Pato O’ Ward is also on McLaren’s checklist of possible substitution for Palou next year
Brown claimed he has been reassured by Palou numerous occasions since this year’s Indianapolis 500 in May possibly that he would be with McLaren future yr.
Because of people claims, Brown wrote ‘we have paid out him a important initially payment towards his 2024 season in addition to the millions of pounds toward developing him in our Components 1 tests application and in his reserve driver part with a probable travel in F1 in the future.’
Brown wrote that the McLaren expects Palou to honor his contract with the group, but will go after 2024 driver lineup opportunities as the dispute is settled.
McLaren now fields IndyCar groups for Pato O’Ward, Felix Rosenqvist and Alexander Rossi.