Vettel might count on “robust transition” to IndyCar

Throughout hypothesis again in springtime that Vettel would name time on his F1 profession, RLL founder and co-owner Bobby Rahal remarked that he would like to let the German ace check a automotive.

Since then, the Aston Martin driver has introduced that 2022 will probably be his last season in F1.

Former F2 racer and F1 check driver Lundgaard, who was confirmed immediately as having signed a brand new multi-year IndyCar contract with RLL, was requested what he considered the thought of Vettel attempting out an IndyCar.

“I feel it could be cool for Sebastian to drive an IndyCar, actually. I’ve pushed System 1 vehicles. I’ve examined fairly a number of days with Renault.

“So for me, I’ll say it as it’s: For me, that was personally the best automotive I’ve ever pushed. It is easy to drive to a sure extent.

“And the explanation why we see System 1 being, I might say, break up up within the entrance of the sector after which the midfield is extraordinarily shut, is that the automotive may be very simple to drive to a sure restrict.

“Then discovering that half a second to a second is what’s robust. As a result of the automotive’s obtained a lot downforce that it’ll stick, proper?

“So I feel for Sebastian to return over right here and take a look at a automotive that you’ll want to hustle, you’ll want to work the automotive, and… the automotive is not driving you, you’re driving the automotive – I feel that is going to be a troublesome transition.

“However I feel actually there’s going to be a variety of F1 drivers that I want would attempt an IndyCar.”

Lundgaard, who scored his first IndyCar podium final month on the Indianapolis street course, spoke in complimentary style of two drivers who he felt could be robust have been they to observe his instance and switch from F2 to IndyCar.

One was present factors chief Felipe Drugovich and the opposite was Marcus Armstrong, who has scored two wins this yr.

Marcus Armstrong, Hitech Grand Prix leads Felipe Drugovich, MP Motorsport

Marcus Armstrong, Hitech Grand Prix leads Felipe Drugovich, MP Motorsport

Photograph by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Photos

“I feel taking a look at Felipe, he is performed an especially good job this yr,” stated the 20-year-old Dane. “He had a really, excellent begin to the season, which has put him on this place to have the ability to get factors and nonetheless hold the lead within the championship.

“I used to be teammates with Marcus in 2020 in F2. I do know he had a really robust yr that yr, however I do know Marcus is an efficient driver.

“I do know he can hustle a automotive as effectively. I do not know that a lot about Felipe general, however I feel Marcus for certain would be capable of be quick.

“The factor about IndyCar is you’ll want to be quick each single time, and that is robust. I feel the transition into ovals is hard.”

Concerning the robust performances proven by himself and one other former F2 racer and F1 tester, rookie Callum Ilott, on this yr’s IndyCar championship, Lundgaard stated: “I might say the Dallara hyperlink is a giant consider it, however I feel coming from Pirelli tyres to Firestone tyres was a giant profit for each Callum and I as a result of I feel now we have the expertise of correct saving tires and taking care of tires as a result of the Pirelli tyres are robust [to deal with]. They’re very obscure, and from observe to trace, it is also completely different.

“Right here I really feel the Firestones can take much more, so you’ll be able to truly push the tyres. However on the similar time, we all know find out how to be quick, however now we additionally know find out how to save the tyres.

“We have proven ourselves to have the ability to do a superb job, be quick, however now I feel it is helped our race craft much more. However if you see it, I feel we have additionally certified fairly effectively.

“I feel the vehicles do not drive dramatically completely different. I feel the IndyCar is ready to hustle extra. It is obtained a delicate slide to it.

“The largest distinction for me, I feel, could be from the tyres, however the automotive handles just about the identical. It is a little bit completely different, but it surely’s not dramatically completely different.”

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