In the face of a mass-scale upsurge in popularity of Formula One in the United States, an entirely new FIA seems to be bolstering its efforts to return an American driver into F1, as IndyCar driver Colton Herta, 22, completed a two-day test with McLaren on Tuesday on Portuguese Circuit, Portminao.
On top of that, Herta had reportedly spend a larger portion of day one to get used to the speed of an older version of Formula One car. After becoming comfortable with a one-year old F1 car, Herta has been provided with a wide array of compounds ranging from customized items, setups alongside handling packages.
IndyCar driver Herta completes test with McLaren
In the matter of the fact, latest move from F1 to strengthen its quest for an American driver came forth as FIA had added three races in the US into its calendar. Apart from Miami and Texas, there will be a Saturday night event on Las Vegas streets.
Nevertheless, during the test, Herta makes up 162 laps that covered about 750 kilometres, handing out a window of opportunity to McLaren to take a good look at one of its finest young talents.
Followed by the test, McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl said, “I have to say the team was quite impressed how Colton was dealing with all these challenges and his professional approach was good to see as well. His physical preparation enabled him to keep going for two days knowing how challenging this can be in a Formula One car on a track like Portminao”.