IndyCar Driver Breaks Down ‘Mind Blowing’ Speed of F1 Car After Test

  • F1 automobiles are by far the quickest automobiles on the planet, and IndyCar driver Pato O’ward confirmed that Tuesday.
  • O’Ward, one of the quickest drivers in IndyCar, took half in F1’s post-season testing in Abu Dhabi.
  • The forces concerned in F1 automobiles are so sturdy that by the top of the day O’Ward struggled to maintain his head upright.

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A prime IndyCar driver has mentioned piloting a Formula One automobile is “mind-blowing” to drive and in contrast to anything on the planet after getting a uncommon probability to check one this week.

Pato O’Ward completed third within the 2021 IndyCar championship driving for McLaren Arrow group, and was given an opportunity to check a McLaren F1 automobile by CEO Zac Brown as a reward for successful his first race.

O’Ward took half in post-season testing in Abu Dhabi simply two days after F1’s frenetic 2021 season finale, and instantly realized fairly how totally different driving one of the game’s automobiles is to anything in motor racing.


Speaking to the official F1 web site, O’Ward mentioned that the forces concerned in driving an F1 automobile are so sturdy that by the top of the day he was in ache and struggling to maintain his head upright.

“I did not need it to finish. I’ve to say, in direction of the top of the day, it is not as a result of I did not wish to go extra however my head truly can’t face up to it anymore” he instructed the official Formula One web site.

Pato O'Ward tests the McLaren during post-season testing in Abu Dhabi.

O’Ward was given the chance after he received his first IndyCar race this season.


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“I used to be wonderful for the morning then did some race runs, it began to get a bit powerful holding it [his head] up once I put the softs on on the finish. My limitations to not going faster was truly my head and never having the ability to see the place I used to be going. 

“This factor is psychological within the fast corners, it is ridiculous. Ridiculous.”

O’Ward additionally mentioned it was “no comparability” to the automobiles he was used to driving in IndyCar.


Daniel Ricciardo and Pato O'Ward

O’Ward examined alongside present McLaren F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo.

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“There’s no comparability to be trustworthy,” O’Ward mentioned. “It’s to not trash IndyCar, however what this automobile is succesful of doing downforce sensible is insane. 

“There is nothing on the planet that comes near it.

“It’s in contrast to something you’ve got ever imagined, then instances it by 10. That’s what it seems like. 

“It feels such as you’re in a curler coaster going 200 and one thing miles an hour and the factor does not transfer. It was mind-blowing how a lot grip there was and the way a lot you possibly can lean on the automobile within the fast corners.”

The 22-year-old instructed Insider in August that it’s his dream to race in F1 some day. After his first take a look at he joked that he was going to make that occur.

“I’m going to name Zac [Brown]!” he mentioned.

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