Alex Palou is dominating the length and breadth of the IndyCar Series. The exceptional performance on the track of the Catalan driver, in his second year in the major American car championship for open-wheel cars, has also turned the spotlight on the category on this side of the ocean, where the class of ’97 born in Sant Antoni de Vilamajor has recently garnered the praise of his compatriot Fernando Alonso. “Palou is a phenomenon”, said the two-time Formula 1 world champion, who with six races to go to the end of the season is unbalanced in a prediction: “I see Alex champion”. The driver we currently saturate at the Alpine Formula 1 team smelled Palou’s talent in 2020, when they competed together in the Indy 500.
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From his first win of the season in Alabama forward, Palou has shown a consistency of performance that has not gone unnoticed by an experienced and winning driver like Alonso, who said he did not see the young compatriot’s failure to land in Formula 1 as a wasted opportunity. Palou, according to the two-time world champion with Renault, does not have to prove anything and does not necessarily need to compete with the challenges of Formula 1 to confirm himself among the best drivers around. Thanks to his successes in Japan and the United States, explains Alonso, the standard bearer of the Chip Ganassi Racing is managing to inspire many talented young people who have the ambition to become professional drivers and are often disappointed when they fail to fulfill the dream of Formula 1.
“Alex is the most consistent of all, he’s the best. I am very happy for his successes and I believe that a young Spanish driver who fights at the top of IndyCar must be an example to all the guys who approach this sport. – concluded Alonso -. I am convinced that his victories are opening the eyes of the new generations who are learning the profession of pilot in karting. Formula 1 remains the highest goal to aim for, but every year there is room for only 20 drivers and it is natural that not everyone can do it. Not bad, from my point of view, because even the IndyCar Series or the WEC are fantastic “.