Pato O’Ward lets victory slip in IndyCar Series Indianapolis GP

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The Mexican driver gave one of his best performances of the 2022 season, but the sudden change in track conditions dropped him to 19th place.

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Patrick O’Ward Mexican driver featured in 2022 season of IndyCar Series He let the victory slide at the Indianapolis Grand Prix. After leading one of his best performances on the complex circuit, a Mistake in McLaren’s strategy jeopardized the leadership he fought for along the route and outnumbered the race 19 Your group. First place went to Colton Herta.

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confidence in receiving 1st place at Alabama Grand Prix Monterrey native Nuevo León took fifth place on the grid in the qualifying round ahead of the Indianapolis GP. Even McLaren CEO Zak Brown He said that he was impressed by his performance and envisioned a good future for himself within the organization. but the mood changed on the fifth date.

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The panorama of the race presented him with very contrasting faces. After starting from the fifth position, got off to a good start race in which the group managed to fight with the head. But the picture has changed it was raining and his crew didn’t change the tires on time. The critical move came 15 minutes after the end.

O'Ward completes step 19 (Photo: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports)
O’Ward completes step 19 (Photo: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports)

O’Ward managed to control wet track conditions for most of the circuit. However, the lack of suitable tires gave Herta an advantage. On the way to the Mexican’s second consecutive win, with the safety car in front of him, tires betrayed him on a sharp bend . After making a turn, dropped to fourth place but it didn’t take long to get back on track.

The Monterrey man made several maneuvers. warm the tires and close the race in the best conditions. But the strategy didn’t work and he had to. get into pits make the relevant change. He let the rest of the group overtake him on the maneuver and barely passed it in the effort of his return. He managed to save step 19.

Before the event, Duck He was strong in his intention to take the first position. One of his most notable maneuvers, achieved four car passes this allowed him Climb the fifth-place leaderboard in less than one lap. It remained that way for a long time of the race, but suffered the first relegation crash on lap 42.

Pato O'Ward scores a victory in the 2022 season (Photo: Twitter/@McLarenF1)
Pato O’Ward scores a victory in the 2022 season (Photo: Twitter/@McLarenF1)

In the second half of the race, O’Ward applied the right strategy fight for the lead again and win with Colton Herta and Scot McLaughlin. In fact, although the last one was in the honorable position when it started to rain on the track, His miscalculation on a corner caused him to turn and give way to the Mexican driver.

opportunity well spent for O’Ward It managed to hold out for a few laps, but it was negatively impacted by his team’s inappropriate decision to use the tires for dry asphalt. most decisive moment of the journey . After receiving the necessary assistance from the pits four times, He amassed 12 points, which added to his overall status.

willpower leading the competition with 170 points , after beating Alex Palou’s 156 point. Scott McLaughlin with 152 in the third row, The Mexican is already in seventh place with 126 units. . Pato O’Ward now Indianapolis 500 miles next May 29, on the sixth day of the 2022 season.

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