Callum Ilott confirms IndyCar talks underway for 2022

Ferrari check and Alfa Romeo reserve driver Callum Ilott confirmed that talks are going down to stay in IndyCar for 2022.

The British racer completed as runner-up to Mick Schumacher within the 2020 Components 2 Championship, however with no Components 1 seat presenting itself, he turned Ferrari’s check driver for the 2021 marketing campaign, later including an Alfa Romeo reserve function to his duties.

With Kimi Raikkonen testing optimistic for Covid and due to this fact unable to contest the Dutch and Italian GPs, a door opened at Alfa Romeo, however it was Robert Kubica who stood in for these two rounds, whereas Ilott went away on IndyCar duties for Juncos Hollinger Racing.

He debuted on the Grand Prix of Portland, and can be set to contest the ultimate two rounds of the season.

Ilott did make clear although that he was not within the dialog to switch Raikkonen anyway.

Requested by Motorsport.com if Ferrari have been supportive of this transfer, Ilott replied: “Good query… however on the finish of the day, we spoke and it’s an amazing alternative for me.

“Clearly just lately there have been some COVID points with the Alfa Romeo staff however to not get confused, I used to be by no means scheduled to be at these occasions anyway. I’ve these two weekends free and so sadly there was by no means a possibility for me to drive instead of Kimi.

“So Ferrari weren’t towards me doing this race. The one factor to debate was for the following two races, and see what the best choice was, and appears to me it was to be out right here and to do these races [Laguna Seca and Long Beach].

“It took a little bit little bit of negotiation to type it out however I’m right here and I’m going to take pleasure in it.”

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Ilott responded “not but” when requested if Juncos-Hollinger have struck any take care of him for 2022, however the Briton is actively negotiating with the staff.

The 22-year-old may but be within the operating for a race seat with Alfa Romeo for 2022, although doesn’t seem like a entrance runner.

“We’re in discussions, however for positive it’s of curiosity,” he mentioned of his post-2021 future with Juncos-Hollinger.

“They’ve obtained 20-plus drivers who’re for the time being! However I’m the one right here and driving the automobile so it’s level to hold on from – however I have to see what I can do.”

Ilott is the newest Components 2 driver to department into IndyCar, following within the footsteps of Alpine junior Christian Lundgaard who impressed on debut with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing on the Grand Prix of Indianapolis.

The Danish driver certified P4, and Ilott says this naturally created “excessive expectations” for his personal debut, however he positively feels “there will be some good outcomes” for himself and Juncos-Hollinger.

 

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