McLaren CEO Zak Brown says he “would love” to see IndyCar drivers getting a shot at Formulation 1 and hopes guidelines might be tweaked to encourage take a look at alternatives.
Formulation 1 has not had a full-time convert from US since Sebastien Bourdais linked up with Toro Rosso for 2008, having received 4 successive ChampCar titles, previous to the reunification course of.
Pietro Fittipaldi holds roles with Dale Coyne Racing in IndyCar and Haas in Formulation 1 however alternatives elsewhere have been restricted.
Brown had promised his IndyCar driver Pato O’Ward a Formulation 1 outing on this December’s rookie take a look at if he secured a victory in 2021 – a feat that occurred throughout Sunday’s second race on the Texas Motor Speedway.
Talking earlier than O’Ward’s maiden victory Brown outlined a want to see IndyCar drivers have a crack at Formulation 1 – and hopes laws might be facilitated to assist any transition.
“I feel that now we’ve such restricted testing that it’s very tough to take a threat with bringing on a driver that you just assume might have the calibre to be a Formulation 1 driver however doesn’t have the time or observe information,” he stated.
“So if I look again and put my fan hat on, I used to be excited when Michael Andretti came to visit, when Jacques Villeneuve came to visit, when Juan Pablo Montoya came to visit.
“I feel IndyCar is recognised as the most effective championships on the earth, and so whenever you see a expertise like Colton Herta, Pato O’Ward who drives for us in IndyCar, I’d like to see these drivers get a shot to compete in Formulation 1. However I feel we have to give them extra seat time.
“One of many issues I wish to see – and I don’t have a set quantity in thoughts, I don’t know if it’s thrice a 12 months, possibly it’s 5 instances a 12 months – is obligatory FP1 the place you must put in a younger driver.
“If we might get somebody like Colton or Pato some testing time, some FP1s then I feel you possibly can higher take selections which might create new alternatives.
“So youthful, thrilling drivers would assist in… And it’s not simply within the North American market, however IndyCar clearly breeds extraordinarily good racing drivers, and I feel that creates pleasure, it might assist with the US market and the younger driver market.”