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O'Ward in frame for Toro Rosso reserve role

  • Published on 11 May 2019 09:59
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Patricio O'Ward is reportedly in the running for the official reserve driver spot at Toro Rosso this year.

O'Ward confirmed earlier this week that he had been signed to the Red Bull junior programme as he takes part in his first IndyCar season, in which he will participate at 13 races.

According to RACER, the Mexican could be handed an official role in Formula 1 later this year.

On Friday in Barcelona, Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost said that there is nothing yet in the pipeline, and that test outings with the 20-year-old have not yet been discussed.

O'Ward says that he is 'very privileged' to be in the position he's in, having a strong link to both IndyCar and Formula 1.

“It’s a huge opportunity for my career,” O’Ward told RACER. “There’s honestly nothing concrete yet as to what my future may look like, but obviously we’re talking about two of the best series in the world, Formula 1 and I’m in IndyCar right now.

“I’m really privileged to be in the position that I’m in, and I’m just looking forward to what the pieces fall into in the future.

“Like I said, right now there’s nothing concrete so I can’t say ‘I’m leaving’ and I can’t say ‘I’m staying’ because I’d be lying both ways.

“But I just want to continue doing a really good job in IndyCar; I want to get the results I feel like I deserve. We’ve been putting in a lot of hard work, the Carlin boys have been really, really working hard and trying to finesse everything that we’ve been missing a little bit.

“We’ve all been working hard and we’re all looking forward to this big push. We’re looking for some good races ahead, but as for me in another series or something, I don’t know yet I’d be lying if I told you I knew what I was going to do!”

O'Ward added that he is open to working with Red Bull and Toro Rosso later this year, but is sitting tight for the moment to see how the situation plays out.

“I’m obviously open to helping them in any way I can. We’ll just have to see how it pans out. As of right now I have all the IndyCar stuff and I’m just waiting to see if I’m going to have some additions to my racing calendar.”


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