‘Alien’ driver snubbed for F1 seat is ‘more complete’ than Max Verstappen

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Max Verstappen has been totally dominant in 2023 (Picture: Getty)

IndyCar driver Agustin Canapino has claimed that 2023 champion and former McLaren take a look at and reserve driver Alex Palou is a ‘extra full driver’ than due to his talents on oval circuits.

Verstappen is heading in the right direction to say his third consecutive F1 World Championship in model subsequent weekend with the 25-year-old capable of clinch the title within the dash race on a Saturday for the primary time within the sport’s historical past.

With 13 wins to his title in 2023 and team-mate Sergio Perez unable to get wherever close to him since he took his second win of the season in Baku, Verstappen’s standing as the perfect driver at the moment racing in F1 has been confirmed within the eyes of many followers.

Nevertheless, Canapino isn’t completely satisfied. He instructed Fox Sports activities Argentina: “Palou is excellent as a result of for me he’s the perfect driver on the earth, for my part. If he isn’t the perfect, he’s among the many three finest.

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“For my part, Palou is extra full than Verstappen. What Palou does in IndyCar for me is absolutely like being an extraterrestrial. However it’s a very subjective opinion.

“Verstappen is one other alien too. Do not let Verstappen’s followers criticise me as a result of I’ve Verstappen in limbo too however, for me, the very fact of racing on ovals makes IndyCar drivers totally different as a result of the oval is absolutely the excessive and F1 does not have that.

“That is why, for me, a driver like Palou, who units the usual distinction in all kinds of circuits, in all kinds of disciplines, makes him an extraterrestrial.”

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Alex Palou turned a two-time IndyCar champion in 2023 (Picture: Getty)

Canapino, who made his IndyCar debut on the 2023 season opener at St. Pete after switching from Argentine touring automobile racing, is correct to be enamoured with the way in which Palou was driving in 2023. 

The now two-time champion completed within the prime ten of all 17 races on the IndyCar calendar final season, securing 13 top-five finishes and taking 5 wins. This ensured that the Spanish sensation wrapped up the title with a spherical to spare, denying followers a season finale title shootout for the primary time since 2007.

Sadly for Palou, this wasn’t sufficient to earn him a spot on the F1 grid for 2024. Regardless of hyperlinks to AlphaTauri and Williams, in addition to his take a look at and reserve duties with McLaren, the 26-year-old has dedicated his future to IndyCar racing shifting ahead.