McLaren has said could give an F1 test to one of its IndyCar drivers when the team returns to the championship next year.
Which IndyCar drivers would you most like to see given the chance to drive an F1 car?
2019 IndyCar drivers
Here’s a list of every IndyCar driver who’s started at least five races this year but has never race a full season of Formula 1 (so no Takuma Sato or Max Chilton):
|Marco Andretti||Grandson of F1 champion Mario Andretti but has just two wins from over 200 IndyCar starts|
|Ed Carpenter||Races exclusively on IndyCar’s ovals making an F1 crossover unlikely|
|Conor Daly||Raced in GP3 and GP2 and performed well in his handful of IndyCar outings this year|
|Scott Dixon||Reigning IndyCar champion with five titles and 45 victories, including one at the Indy 500, to his name|
|Santino Ferrucci||Left F2 under a cloud last year after being banned and then fired but has shone on IndyCar’s ovals since|
|Jack Harvey||Like Daly another part-time driver who has shown potential this season|
|Colton Herta||Stunned IndyCar by winning his third start at F1 venue Circuit of the Americas in March|
|James Hinchcliffe||Confirmed 2020 McLaren IndyCar driver is popular (not just for his Raikkonen impression) but short on results this year|
|Ryan Hunter-Reay||The 2012 IndyCar champion has also not had a strong 2019 so far with just two rostrum finishes|
|Ed Jones||Euroformula Open and Indy Lights champion but lasted just one season at top team Ganassi|
|Tony Kanaan||Hugely experienced veteran driver, 2004 champion and one-time Indianapolis 500 winner|
|Charlie Kimball||Downgraded to a part-time racer this year, took single series win at Mid-Ohio in 2013|
|Matheus Leist||Beat (part-timer) Lando Norris to 2016 BRDC F3 title, in second season with minnows Foyt|
|Josef Newgarden||Could win a second IndyCar title this weekend and has great road course pedigree|
|Patricio O’Ward||Reigning Indy Lights champion caught the eye of Red Bull this year|
|Simon Pagenaud||Earned Penske shot with great drives for Schmidt, won 2016 title and this year’s Indy 500|
|Spencer Pigot||Former Indy Lights champion, often punches above the weight of the Carpenter team|
|Will Power||An IndyCar and Indy 500 champion with superb one-lap pace but prone to errors and misfortune|
|Graham Rahal||Son of an IndyCar champion (and sometime F1 racer), has six IndyCar wins from almost 200 starts|
|Felix Rosenqvist||Very successful in F3 (if somewhat long in the tooth), impressing in his first IndyCar season|
|Alexander Rossi||Briefly raced in F1 with Marussia, took sensational debut Indy 500 win, series runner-up last year|
|Zach Veach||Short on results but only in his second full season having moved to Andretti|
There are several IndyCar drivers whose success make them obvious choices for a crack at F1. It would be fantastic to see what the likes of Scott Dixon, Will Power and Simon Pagenaud could do in a grand prix car.
Realistically, McLaren need a driver who’s got more of their career ahead of them than behind them. That may make the likes of Josef Newgarden or Alexander Rossi more likely choices, especially as they bring the obvious commercial appeal of being American racers with them. Nor should the genuinely promising talents of Patricio O’Ward or Felix Rosenqvist be overlooked either.
Which of the current IndyCar drivers most deserve an F1 test chance? Cast your vote below and have your say in the comments:
Which IndyCar driver/s most deserve an F1 test chance?
- Marco Andretti (1%)
- Ed Carpenter (0%)
- Conor Daly (2%)
- Scott Dixon (10%)
- Santino Ferrucci (1%)
- Jack Harvey (0%)
- Colton Herta (12%)
- James Hinchcliffe (3%)
- Ryan Hunter-Reay (1%)
- Ed Jones (0%)
- Tony Kanaan (0%)
- Charlie Kimball (0%)
- Matheus Leist (1%)
- Josef Newgarden (15%)
- Patricio O'Ward (6%)
- Simon Pagenaud (7%)
- Spencer Pigot (0%)
- Will Power (6%)
- Graham Rahal (1%)
- Felix Rosenqvist (10%)
- Alexander Rossi (20%)
- Zach Veach (0%)
- None of the above (2%)
Total Voters: 168
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