Palou discovered himself within the eye of a storm when it was introduced in July that he could be leaving Ganassi for McLaren Racing after the 2022 season.
The assertion landed shortly after Ganassi had introduced it had taken up the 2021 IndyCar champion’s possibility for an additional 12 months, triggering a authorized tug of warfare between the 2 sides.
As a result of acrimonious fallout, Palou’s future was up within the air for 2 months however, in a shocking flip of occasions, Palou introduced on Wednesday he’s now staying put in spite of everything quite than be part of Arrow McLaren SP.
“I’m excited to announce that Chip Ganassi Racing and I’ve come to an settlement, and I’ll be again within the No. 10 automotive subsequent season. Trying ahead to a BIG 2023!” Palou tweeted.
It was understood that, together with eager to safe a greater contract as an IndyCar champion, Palou’s transfer to McLaren additionally concerned the promise of involvement within the F1 program.
Whereas McLaren moved to signal Alpine protege Oscar Piastri to interchange Daniel Ricciardo alongside Lando Norris in 2023, Palou’s McLaren testing deal will nonetheless proceed with Ganassi’s approval.
Whereas the 2023 information was launched Palou and Patricio O’Ward had been testing the 2021 McLaren MCL35M automotive in Barcelona.
“Alex Palou will stay within the #10 automotive with Chip Ganassi Racing for the 2023 IndyCar season,” a Ganassi assertion learn.
“The settlement affords him the chance to check vehicles in separate racing collection, offered that it doesn’t instantly battle along with his IndyCar commitments.”
Palou added that he’s “grateful that Chip Ganassi Racing will permit me to pursue F1 testing outdoors of my IndyCar commitments”.
“Thanks, Chip, Mike [Hull, Ganassi’s managing director] and all the crew in your willingness to work collectively and assist assist each the crew and my private targets all through this course of,” he mentioned.
Palou dominated final weekend’s IndyCar season finale at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca and, after the race, was seen sharing an embrace with crew boss Ganassi, suggesting their frosty relationship over Palou’s future had thawed.
As of but it’s not recognized what, if any, settlement Ganassi and McLaren Racing needed to attain to resolve the scenario.
Felix Rosenqvist, Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Photograph by: Jake Galstad / Motorsport Pictures
Because of Palou staying the place he’s, Arrow McLaren SP revealed that Rosenqvist will proceed on with the crew for a second season, alongside Pato O’Ward and Alexander Rossi, who joins from Andretti Autosport.
Rosenqvist had a contract with the McLaren Racing group for 2023 however, resulting from Palou’s impending arrival, it was recommended the Swede would transfer again to Components E to race for McLaren’s new outfit within the electrical championship. That prospect appealed much less to Rosenqvist who most popular to remain in IndyCar and so McLaren CEO Zak Brown agreed to let him pursue different choices.
Nevertheless, he additionally instructed choose media on the weekend, “I am very proud of Felix. He is carried out a superb job this 12 months. He is been sturdy all 12 months.”
In the present day, Rosenqvist mentioned: “There’s no higher technique to enter the low season than with this information.
“I really like this crew, and I’m so pleased to proceed working with all of the unbelievable folks I’ve gotten to know over the previous two seasons.
“With all the pieces the crew has within the pipeline, the persevering with relationship with Pato and the addition of Alex Rossi, we’re going to carry our A-game for 2023.”