IndyCar driver Pato O’Ward got to experience driving the fastest open wheel race car in the world Tuesday morning in Abu Dhabi, driving the #28 McLaren.
Speaking in the McLaren garage after his first taste of F1 machinery, O’Ward said: “Oh my god. The grip! The grip is crazy!
“By the end of the day, my head’s gonna be falling off, for sure. But I’m friggin’ in love with this thing!”
Other drivers to make their F1 test debuts were Red Bull junior and DTM runner-up Liam Lawson (at Alpha Tauri) and Williams-backed F2 driver Logan Sargeant.
This was O’Ward’s reaction. If McLaren offers him a reserve seat in F1, we suspect he will jump at that chance.
— McLaren (@McLarenF1) December 14, 2021