Palou’s accident sparks controversy: "They run you over"

That Palou’s leadership was at stake in Gateway It was a fact, but losing him like this hurts, a lot. After recovering from the initial penalty of nine places imposed on him for his new engine, the Spaniard had within his reach to complete a comeback worthy of a champion … until VeeKay crossed his path. In an excessive action after an overhang on lap 65, the Dutchman rammed Palou from behind when he was rolling 10th, and he in turn collided with his teammate and rival for the title, Scott dixon. A two-in-one that gave the lead to Pato O’Ward and the race to Newgarden.

Reactions to the controversial accident that revolutionized the IndyCar were not long in coming. The Catalan, greatly affected by the event, considers that the Carpenter driver’s action was not relevant at that stage of the race: “It’s very early. I mean, if it’s the last lap of the race, I can understand it. But it was still early.” The other major loser of the night, the strong contender for the title and Spaniard’s neighbor in Ganassi, took his criticism beyond the race: “We’ve had quite erratic and somewhat crazy driving this season, but it seems to go unnoticed,” assures Dixon.

The Mexican O’Ward, Now leading 10 points above Palou, he assures that the play that left his two rivals out originated with his braking. “I suppose you don’t look in the left mirror here. Just (Alexander rossi) spun, so I had to slam on the brakes to avoid crashing. I guess that’s what caused the crash behind for sure. For me it was sudden and quite aggressive, “says McLaren, who says that there are certain drivers who” are taking advantage of the position they are in in terms of the championship. “

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In the same vein as Pato is the winner of Gateway’s chaotic career and third in the fight for the title, Josef Newgarden. The American believes that “people drive aggressively these days,” and forces you to “match it up to a point because if you don’t, they just run you over.” The Penske pilot agrees with the Mexican in that IndyCar should model the NASCAR stance, where they condemn dangerous driving, lack of etiquette and the rejection of the ‘gentlemen’s agreement’.

The culprit apologizes

VeeKay had no choice but to sing the mea culpa: “I am so sorry for Alex and Scott. I have made a very good highlight on the inside of Alex, behind Scott. At the first corner I was very focused on Scott because I wanted to stay behind him. I tried to brake, but I think that just before hitting Scott I blocked the front tires “, explains the Dutchman, bitter protagonist of the past evening.

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