With the US Air Pressure pulling its assist for the #20 automotive which oval specialist and crew proprietor Ed Carpenter shares with a street/road course driver, ECR has been freed as much as enter discussions with non-American drivers.
Because of this, 2012 IndyCar champion Ryan Hunter-Reay’s candidacy for the journey has regarded weaker and 26-year-old Aitken has emerged as a front-runner for the seat.
The Briton made his F1 debut for Williams as a substitute for George Russell within the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix, when Lewis Hamilton’s optimistic COVID-19 check prompted Russell’s first Mercedes call-up, and has now recovered from accidents sustained in a Spa 24 Hours crash earlier this 12 months.
His spun Emil Frey Lamborghini was hit by a number of automobiles over the blind crest of Raidillon, resulting in fractures to his scapula and a vertebra.
Aitken, who has returned to System 2 this 12 months in chosen races for the HWA squad, is ready to check for ECR at Sebring on Monday earlier than contesting Free Apply 1 on the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix for Williams.
Autosport understands that for now the check with Aitken is solely an “analysis” and that no deal has been completed for 2022.
Ryan Hunter-Reay has examined for ECR after splitting with Andretti Autosport
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Two of Carpenter’s rivals who had spoken to Aitken in late summer time had been at the moment satisfied that he wasn’t but eager to maneuver to IndyCar and would as a substitute stay in Europe.
This brings the automotive rely on the check as much as 4, following the information that Formula E champion Nyck De Vries will drive for Meyer Shank Racing while his Mercedes FE team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne will try out for Arrow McLaren SP. The fourth automotive current might be Juncos Hollinger Racing’s 2022 full-season driver Callum Ilott.
There’s nonetheless a lot hypothesis relating to how a merger might work with between Juncos Hollinger and Carlin Racing, which has revealed nothing of its future in US open-wheel racing subsequent 12 months. No announcement is anticipated earlier than Christmas.