McLaren seals deal with IndyCar driver Colton Hertha



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IndyCar driver Colton Herta joins McLaren as a test driver. The 21-year-old has won six races in the American racing category and will compete with the British Formula 1 team during several free practice sessions.

Herta is currently under contract with Team Andretti in IndyCar until 2023. He has already won six victories there since 2019. Formula 1 is waiting for a talented American driver to grow the sport in the United States. Netflix’s Drive to Survive documentary series has contributed significantly to the popularity of the sport.

It’s beginner time

The 21-year-old Herta can drive for the McLaren team during a number of free practice sessions. In addition, he will carry out a lot of development work. Herta on the deal: “I would like to thank McLaren for the opportunity to drive my first Formula 1 car, which has always been on my racing bucket list. This is a great opportunity for me to gain valuable experience in a new form of motorsport and to learn from An established team like McLaren F1.”

Proven talent

Team boss Andreas Seidl pleased with the American’s arrival: “Colton is a proven talent in IndyCar and we are curious how he will adapt to a Formula 1 car.” In addition, Seidl believes Hertha will be able to go the necessary kilometers to be able to claim a stable racing seat in the future.

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