Report: Chilton in F1 talks with Haas, but remains unsure about chances

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Max Chilton has revealed that he is one of the ten drivers in the running to race for Haas F1 Team in 2016, but is unsure about his chances of securing a seat with the outfit headed up by NASCAR team co-owner Gene Haas.

Chilton spent two years in Formula 1 with Marussia F1 Team, making his final appearance at the 2014 Russian Grand Prix before the operation financially collapsed.

The Briton has since raced for Nissan’s LMP1 team and also become a race winner in Indy Lights with Carlin, but he is not giving up on his F1 dream.

Speaking to Sky Sports News in the UK, Chilton confirmed that he had held talks with Haas about a possible drive in 2016.

“I’ve definitely put my foot in the door and we’ve had a few chats,” Chilton said.

“I think they came out a few weeks ago and said they were talking to ten drivers so I am definitely one of those.”

However, Chilton believes that Haas’ strong ties with Ferrari will result in one of the race seats going to a driver associated with the Italian marque.

“I’d love the chance, but I have a strong feeling that it is going to be one young Ferrari driver, because it is hugely a Ferrari project,” Chilton said.

“They have Ferrari engines and are using their wind tunnel. And I hear they want an experienced driver.”

Esteban Gutierrez is the favorite to secure a drive with Haas given his previous experience in F1 and current reserve role with Ferrari, but the likes of Nico Hulkenberg, Jean-Eric Vergne and Alexander Rossi are also thought to be in the running for a seat.

Alex Palou named reserve F1 driver for McLaren Racing in 2023

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Alex Palou was named a Formula One reserve driver for McLaren Racing on Thursday, confirming the end of a prolonged battle for the IndyCar champion and the F1 team.

The Spaniard, who won the 2021 IndyCar championship for Chip Ganassi Racing, last July said he was declining to return to Ganassi next year and instead would drive for McLaren.

Ganassi held an option on 2023 for Palou, who wanted to move to McLaren for a shot at motorsports’ highest level. The fight for the driver dragged into September through mediation, where it was decided that Palou would finish his contract and also be allowed to do F1 opportunities with McLaren.

Palou, 25, since has tested for McLaren, and he made his F1 debut at the United States Grand Prix in October when he drove the first practice session.

In his role as a reserve driver, Palou will support McLaren whenever it does not conflict with his responsibilities in the final year of his IndyCar contract with Ganassi. He officially will move to McLaren at the end of the upcoming IndyCar season and drive either for Arrow McLaren SP in IndyCar or move completely into an F1 role.

“I’m excited to be part of the McLaren team as one of their reserve drivers in 2023,” Palou said. “I can’t wait for the involvement with next year’s car. I look forward to continuing my development as a driver and I appreciate the trust McLaren have in me with this new role next year.”

Palou has four wins and 15 podiums through three IndyCar seasons and is the only Spaniard to win the championship.

“The team are pleased to have Alex on board as one of our reserve drivers for next season,” said Andreas Seidl, McLaren team principal. “He impressed with his FP1 session in Austin and his driver development tests this year.”