The four-time Components 1 World Champion, driving for Aston Martin, remarked in an interview throughout final weekend’s F1 Miami Grand Prix that he prefers “correct” US tracks comparable to Street America to the road course in Miami Gardens.
Revered IndyCar blogger Matt Archuleta quoted the German ace’s touch upon Twitter which drew a response from RLL IndyCar driver Graham Rahal, who tweeted, “I’ll double down and say it; Seb, for those who ever need to take a look at an IndyCar at Street America we’ll make it occur. Could be an honour to have you ever in our automobile!”
Bobby Rahal, who co-owns the Rahal Letterman Lanigan workforce with David Letterman and Mike Lanigan, responded to his son’s tweet, stating: “Seb, it’s a deal if you want.”
Vettel was requested in regards to the chance after the race and replied: “I want to take a look. Nevertheless it’s a fantastic monitor, so let’s see.”
Bobby Rahal, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
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Chatting with Autosport on Monday, three-time IndyCar champion and 1986 Indy 500 winner Bobby Rahal stated his provide was critical.
“We don’t have any alternatives proper now, however why not?” he stated. “You couldn’t showcase IndyCar at a greater venue than Street America, and also you couldn’t showcase Street America higher than in an IndyCar. So I’d like to see what Vettel thinks.
“Finally, does a man like him need to go IndyCar racing after a extremely profitable Components 1 profession? I don’t know. A number of Europeans don’t like the concept of oval racing. However he’s nonetheless solely in his mid-30s so he’s received loads of years left to strive different types of racing.”
When RLL expanded to 3 vehicles within the low season, including Christian Lundgaard to the workforce, Rahal made it clear that he anticipated his ex-Components 2 rookie to run the total schedule, slightly than do what Romain Grosjean and Jimmie Johnson did final 12 months, which was deal with IndyCar’s street and avenue programs.
Requested whether or not he’d be extra amenable to Vettel operating a part-time schedule to maybe keep away from the ovals, Rahal stated, “By no means say by no means.”
“Proper now, our sponsors need their man within the automobile on a regular basis. We’ve by no means discovered ourselves ready like [fellow team-owner] Ed Carpenter this 12 months the place he provides an additional automobile for himself to run simply the ovals.
“So for us to do this, it must be precisely the correct scenario. But when the chance offered itself to place somebody like Seb in an additional automobile for some races, we’d actually have to think about it strongly.”
Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin AMR22
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Rahal identified that there’s sufficient flexibility within the guidelines for a workforce to check a driver even with none assure that she or he will decide to the collection.
For the reason that finish of final season, 5 drivers who don’t have drives on the 2022 IndyCar grid have examined an IndyCar – particularly, collection veteran Ryan Hunter-Reay with Ed Carpenter Racing, Nyck De Vries with Meyer Shank Racing, Dane Cameron with Team Penske, and each Nico Hulkenberg and Stoffel Vandoorne with Arrow McLaren SP.
“I believe different groups would attempt to query it or cry foul if we did take a look at Vettel,” stated Rahal. “But when he then did a race or two, the collection does grant you these rookie days. And I’d wish to suppose IndyCar can be blissful for a top-rated Components 1 driver and World Champion to check one among our vehicles.”
Rahal additionally believes Vettel nonetheless has what it takes to excel within the collection and hopes that the extent enjoying discipline by way of expertise in IndyCar might pique his curiosity.
He stated: “It appears to me that after profitable 4 World Championships with Pink Bull after which scoring many wins at Ferrari – driving for 2 of the very best groups within the historical past of Components 1 – it’s received to be laborious to summon the power and enthusiasm to race a automobile the place you recognize you don’t actually have a hope of success.
“So perhaps entering into an IndyCar would revive a man like Seb, figuring out that success is essentially all the way down to him and never the expertise. I don’t know that for positive, however you can actually ruminate on that.
“Now right here we’re speaking about Vettel as if him coming to IndyCar might occur, and he might have little interest in it in any respect! However I’d love for him to check one among our vehicles, and he’s proper – Street America can be a fantastic place to start out.”