After Fernando Alonso’s Formula 1 successes in 2005-2006, Spain can now enjoy another driver capable of establishing itself in one of the top car categories: with the 4th place obtained yesterday in Long Beach, Alex Palou in fact he won his first championship IndyCarwhile becoming the first representative of his nation to do so in the United States.
Thanks to his three victories this season, the Iberian achieved the title in his second year in the category at the age of 24 years (seventh youngest ever in the series), giving the Ganassi team the 14th absolute affirmation. In doing so, the name of Palou bounced to the honors of the automotive news for his feat, defined by the new Indycar champion as “a dream”.
Yet, less than twenty-four hours after his success, the Catalan driver has already expressed his clear desire to defend his title in the USA also for next season, thus discarding the hypothesis of a passage in Formula 1. Interviewed by compatriots of AS.com, the Spaniard explained his future intentions, analyzing the reality of the circus: “There are many drivers who have F1 as their only goal – said Palou – but I say it very clearly: I like to race and win races. Right now, in F1 there are only six drivers who can do it, and they are those of Ferrari, Red Bull and Mercedes, and it is obvious that I will not be part of this restricted club. There are many other categories in which you can win, and that one I will not take it into consideration. My dream and desire – he added – is to reassert myself here again for next year. I want to stay for a long time, as does my teammate Scott Dixon ”.
In support of this thought, the same Fernando Alonso – who had indicated Palou as the favorite for the victory in IndyCar – underlined the importance of looking beyond Formula 1, especially with regard to the young promises of motorsport: “There are many categories outside of this one – commented – and the new generations continue to dream of the circus. But if they don’t get there, this would be a ruined dream. However, they must maintain their passion for engines – he added – and what Alex is doing could have repercussions in this respect ”.