The McLaren Racing Formula One Team announced on Thursday ahead of this weekend’s season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix that Arrow McLaren INDYCAR SERIES driver Pato O’Ward has been named as the team’s official reserve driver for the 2024 Formula One season.
Speaking about the news, O’Ward commented saying:
Pumped to take on this new role within the McLaren Racing family. I’ve spent a lot of time with the F1 team having driven previously in free practice and taken part in a few tests. I’ve always said it’s never a bad day when you get to jump into an F1 car, so I look forward to joining the reserve driver pool for next year alongside my driving duties with Arrow McLaren. Thank you to Andrea and Zak for this great opportunity.
Pato O’Ward will continue his role with the NTT INDYCAR SERIES team and will participate in the end of year Formula One test at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi next week.
Speaking about the news, McLaren F1 Team Principal Andrea Stella said:
“The McLaren Formula 1 Team are pleased to welcome Pato O’Ward to our pool of reserve drivers for the 2024 season. Pato had an impressive season in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and has performed well in his Driver Development tests, so it felt natural to take this next step now he’s eligible for an FIA Super License. With the expansive calendar, it’s prudent to ensure we have a wide pool of drivers that we can call upon if required. We look forward to seeing him progress in this new role.”