Colton Herta takes part in private McLaren tests in Portimão as part of the authorized driving with the old single-seaters. The American driver who drives in the IndyCar Series will be driving the McLaren MCL35M for two days.
The 2021 McLaren MCL35M is back in service, as part of the tests authorized by the Sporting Regulations for older generation single-seaters. The McLaren F1 TPC (Testing of Previous Cars) program offers the team the opportunity to assess young talents, as was already the case for Pato O’Ward.
Colton Herta in the McLaren MCL35M
Colton Herta will drive a 2021 McLaren MCL35M at Portugal’s Autodromo Internacional do Algarve circuit in Portimão, which has hosted two F1 races in the past two seasons. Colton Herta became the youngest race winner in IndyCar Series history when he won the race at Texas on the COTA in 2019, then aged 18. He has since won six victories and seven pole positions in the American single-seater discipline.
McLaren have decided to give him the opportunity to drive one of their cars, he will share testing with former Caterham and Marussia driver Will Stevens (now McLaren F1 test and development driver) at the over the next three days.
« Colton is a recognized talent in IndyCar and we will be interested to see how he adapts to a Formula 1 car, » McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl said. « We believe this test program will allow him to gain valuable experience while demonstrating the benefit of extending the car’s previous testing to showcase promising drivers for the future. »
Herta is not the only driver to benefit from the previous car testing regulations, Jehan Daruvala also had the opportunity to drive the MCL35M at Silverstone a few weeks ago. The Indian driver who drives in FIA F2 completed more than 130 laps over two days during his test.