As IndyCar Series teams and drivers finish their first day of competition an hour earlier than scheduledLet’s take a brief look at a moment in the process of delaying practice yesterday. Friday’s six-hour practice session was delayed because the race control system at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway lost power. On television, most drivers are seen chatting with each other and their teams during the break. However, one driver remained in his car.
Racer Marshall Pruett had an amusing sight posted in a quick vlog on YouTube. To open, Pruett mentioned texting Andretti Autosport’s driver Colton Herta as they waited for power to be restored. The camera peered over the top of the aeroscreen to see Colton Herta watching the Spanish Grand Prix match highlights on his phone. You can clearly see Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari circling the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on Herta’s display.
Even so, Colton Herta should be informed about the status of Formula One. Herta is running for two different F1 racing seats. His IndyCar team Andretti Autosport is firmly aiming to join a new team in Formula 1, even after the deal to buy the Alfa Romeo team fell through late last year. Michael Andretti has also stated that Herta will likely be one of the team’s drivers if the Andretti F1 team is successful.
In the absence of Andretti, Colton Herta has also signed a test and development contract with McLaren. Herta is scheduled to test drive a 2021 McLaren F1 this season, but the young Californian will not be taking part in any free practice sessions during Grand Prix weekends for the F1 team. The deal has sparked rumors Herta could replace Daniel Ricciardo at some point in the future. The transatlantic driver market will certainly be something to keep an eye on over the next few years.