IndyCar: O’Ward jets off to test McLaren F1 car. Herta too? (Update)

Reports are that Colton Herta is also slated to get behind the wheel of a McLaren in the coming days in Barcelona. The British team may be helping Red Bull as a thank-you for the energy drink company having released O’Ward from a contract.

Also on the cards may be a couple of Friday practice outings with McLaren for Herta this year, which would further bolster his argument for a F1 super license.

Former F1 driver Alexander Rossi and hopefully soon to be F1 driver Colton Herta at the 2022 Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey. Photo By_ Joe Skibinski

It is believed they are hoping a series of Formula 1 tests for Herta will convince the FIA that he has done enough to prove he is good enough for F1.

L’Equipe reports that, to facilitate the Herta-Gasly move, American Herta has been invited by Alpine to test a one-year-old car at the Hungaroring.

So that’s two F1 tests for Herta this month that we know about.

September 12, 2022 

On Sunday evening, after the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey wrapped up, Arrow McLaren IndyCar driver Pato O’Ward was scheduled to catch a flight to England.

Monday, he was scheduled to be in a Formula 1 simulator at the team’s Woking headquarters.

He will then travel to Barcelona to test with McLaren’s Formula 1 team this week for a 2nd time.

Pato O_Ward and Zak Brown at the 2022 Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey. Phiti by James Black


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