I wouldn’t budge. McLaren have a deadline of October 1 to take up Rosenqvist’s real team option, and it looks increasingly likely the CGR/Palou legal proceedings would play out beyond that date if they see the whole thing out. It sounds more and more like McLaren want to sort things out before they lose their Plan B and may even want to buy out Palou. The problem with that is, according to Townsend Bell during the race broadcast Sunday, CGR are looking for $10M. That amount won’t happen, but they do hold leverage right now and can see how badly McLaren truly want Alex and how much they’re willing to part with, if anything.So, if you're Ganassi, what do you do with Palou now?
This. Chip holds most / all the cards. Quietly look around to see who could drive the car next year while waiting on McLaren's check to clear. If nothing happens, he has a championship driver under contract, one who's too personally competitive to not do his best.they do hold leverage right now and can see how badly McLaren truly want Alex and how much they’re willing to part with, if anything.
Honestly, Chadwick along with Powell, Visser, and I'm big on Juju Noda's potential. I'd like to see them give the Indy ladder a good shake.I'd like to see Jamie in a full-time ride in Indy Lights. Nothing left to prove for her in the W Series, she's the most promising woman in racing by a wide margin.
Begrudging “like” because Herta is a thrill to watch in IndyCar, but would’ve been America’s first legitimate F1 driver in many years and it’s painfully obvious that the Super License system is designed as protectionist of FIA-sanctioned feeder series that aren’t really worth protecting to such an extent.
They’ll likely have an American driver - just one that did it “their” way. No one wants to split and go to EU court because some random IndyCar driver couldn’t get a ride. It sucks but the sport is seeing tremendous growth and no one wants to upset that apple cart.F1 being an American company and currently expanding into the States, will make changes as they needed to maximize exposure and that mandates American Drivers. FIA will comply with those wishes or move on.