2021 IndyCar champion Alex Palou is about to obtain his Components 1 testing debut with McLaren this week at Barcelona, though Colton Herta won’t be concerned.
Beneath the Testing Earlier Vehicles (TPC) programme, groups are actually allowed to run vehicles from 2021 in personal take a look at periods as they’re considerably totally different to their ’22 cousins.
Earlier within the yr, McLaren ran Andretti Autosport star Herta at Portimao to judge him, with O’Ward getting a run out within the 2021 post-season take a look at in Abu Dhabi.
The group are set to take the MCL33 to the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for a 3 day take a look at, with Chip Ganassi driver Palou and O’Ward – who races for Arrow McLaren SP- set to strap themselves in.
It’s the first time that the 2021 collection champion Palou will strap himself into F1 equipment, however Herta, long-tipped to develop into America’s first full-time F1 driver since Scott Pace and first since Alexander Rossi in 2015, won’t be current.
No Herta at McLaren take a look at
Herta is at present a goal for AlphaTauri, however doesn’t maintain sufficient superlicence factors to qualify for one.
Crimson Bull driver boss Helmut Marko needs Herta to fill the vacant spot left by Pierre Gasly, ought to he depart the group to hitch Alpine.
Nevertheless, Herta’s 32 factors fall beneath the required 40 to be granted a superlicence – though he’s nonetheless in a position to drive F1 equipment in personal exams and in FP1 periods – the place a particular licence is granted.
Groups and the FIA are in opposition to awarding him one on dispensation grounds as they imagine it might injury the system constructed up because the guidelines had been up to date.
Palou introduced earlier on Wednesday that he’s to stick with the Ganassi IndyCar operation in 2023, however will likely be granted alternatives to check for the McLaren F1 group