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McLaren: Hulkenberg “in the direction of high of record” for IndyCar seat

Hulkenberg is to take part in the rookie test for the Arrow McLaren SP group at Barber Motorsports Park subsequent week with the intention to give him a primary style of IndyCar.

The group has been evaluating a 3rd automotive programme to run alongside regulars Pato O’Ward and Felix Rosenqvist.

Brown famous that the present plan is to run a 3rd automotive at Indianapolis subsequent 12 months, and once more sooner or later later within the season, previous to a full programme in 2023.

“We’re testing Nico on Monday,” mentioned Brown. “I feel IndyCar rewards aggressive drivers, and I contemplate Nico to be a man who will get up on the wheel as they are saying, an American time period.

“I am very excited to see him. I feel he’ll take pleasure in it, I feel Fernando [Alonso] has loved IndyCar, [Marcus] Ericsson’s loved IndyCar.

“We positively will not a run a full-time third automotive [next] 12 months. We are going to run a [third] automotive at Indianapolis, and we intend to run a 3rd automotive later [next] 12 months in anticipation of a full-time programme for a 3rd automotive 2023.

“Nico desires to see what IndyCar is about, and we’ll see how Nico will get on. And that may all be a part of the method as soon as we pull the set off on that third automotive, who could be in that automotive. Nico is correct in the direction of the highest of the record.”

Alexandre Lacazette Nico Hulkenberg, Aston Martin

Alexandre Lacazette Nico Hulkenberg, Aston Martin

Picture by: Zak Mauger / Motorsport Images

Brown additionally confirmed that McLaren F1 group principal Andreas Seidl, who ran the Porsche WEC group when Hulkenberg received Le Mans in 2015, helped to place the German within the body for the seat.

“Andreas really launched me to Nico. As you say, they’ve had some good historical past. Andreas helps when and the place he can if I want a favour, and he positively helped to tee up Nico,” he mentioned.

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Hulkenberg has made it clear that he is wanting ahead to Monday’s check.

“After all I am excited to go and drive once more,” he instructed Autosport. “As a result of I have never been behind the wheel for I feel it is just about a 12 months now, since Nurburgring final 12 months. That loopy final minute step-in!

“I am excited, and I nonetheless really feel I’ve a few good laps in my proper foot. So it is discovering out concerning the automotive.

“I’ve watched the final couple of races, and my coronary heart is in single-seater racing. Clearly F1 shouldn’t be going to occur, so that you search for the subsequent greatest different, and IndyCar is unquestionably fascinating.”

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