The German hadn’t pushed a single-seater since his stand-in look for Racing Level within the 2020 Eifel Grand Prix, when he completed eighth rather than a COVID-stricken Lance Stroll.
Hulkenberg, who stays an Aston Martin F1 reserve driver, told Autosport in the Circuit of the Americas paddock last weekend that the check was a chance to think about a future in IndyCar after fellow F1 refugee Romain Grosjean made a profitable change with Dale Coyne Racing this yr.
Arrow McLaren SP has but to decide to working a 3rd automobile subsequent yr, and as such was not treating the check – open to rookies and to groups who haven’t but confirmed their driver line-ups – as an opportunity to guage the 34-year-old.
Nonetheless, McLaren boss Zak Brown remarked that Hulkenberg was ”towards the top of the list” of candidates for a future third automobile.
Hulkenberg turned 108 laps of the two.38-mile Alabama monitor, together with his finest effort a 1m07.455s approaching his 59th lap 59.
The time put him simply over 1 second off the quickest time set by potential Indy Lights graduate David Malukas, driving DCR’s Vasser Sullivan entry that was campaigned in 2021 by Ed Jones.
Hulkenberg was slowest of the 5 automobiles in attendance on the check
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Malukas, who clocked a 1m06.398s time to prime the occasions, is predicted to hitch Takuma Sato on the workforce subsequent yr after being pipped to the Lights title by Kyle Kirkwood.
The 2012 IndyCar champion Ryan Hunter-Reay was second quickest within the #20 Ed Carpenter Racing machine.
After 12 years at Andretti Autosport, the 2014 Indianapolis 500 winner break up with the workforce on the finish of 2021 and is within the working to interchange incumbent Conor Daly because the workforce’s road-and-street course driver, with workforce boss Ed Carpenter taking on for ovals.
Driving for Andretti, Devlin DeFrancesco outpaced the brand new Lights champion Kirkwood by zero.2s of their second check runs for the squad, both having turned laps at Sebring earlier this month.
DeFrancesco is predicted to be introduced as James Hinchcliffe’s alternative in Andretti’s #29 AA automobile, however Kirkwood’s fast future is extra unclear for now.
FIA Components three race-winner Logan Sargeant was as a result of check for Foyt, however that was cancelled because the American’s deal to hitch the Williams Academy scheme was announced over the American Grand Prix weekend.