LONDON (Reuters) – Race-winning U.S. IndyCar driver Colton Herta is attempting out a Formula One automotive for the primary time with McLaren at Portugal’s Portimao circuit this week, the British-based team mentioned.
The 22-year-old Andretti Autosport driver will likely be behind the wheel of final 12 months’s McLaren MCL35M as a part of the team’s Testing of Previous Cars (TPC) programme.
The southern Algarve circuit has hosted two Formula One grands prix and McLaren are operating their automotive from Monday to Wednesday with check and improvement driver Will Stevens additionally concerned.
“The settlement with Colton is that we wish to give him the possibility to run our Formula One automotive to point out what he is really capable of do in such a automotive,” McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl informed reporters.
“We need to do two instances this 12 months a (Friday) free follow session (at a grand prix) with a younger driver.
“Once now we have examined all of the candidates who we wish to give an opportunity in a TPC automotive we’ll make our thoughts up who will really run this free follow session.”
The United States has not had a Formula One driver since Alexander Rossi in 2015 however Herta is a powerful candidate to finish that await a sport that can have three grands prix in the nation subsequent 12 months.
In 2019 he grew to become IndyCar’s youngest winner.
Michael Andretti has utilized to the governing FIA for an entry to develop into the eleventh team in the Formula One championship by 2024 however that has met resistance from present entries.
(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, modifying by Christian Radnedge)