Indycar driver linked with Honda F1 test role

Simon Pagenaud

Simon Pagenaud

A leading contender to become a test driver for Honda’s Formula 1 return has emerged.

Racer magazine reports that Honda-powered Indycar frontrunner Simon Pagenaud is in talks to make his Formula 1 test debut with Japanese power next winter ahead of Honda’s works McLaren foray for 2015.

“I’ve been in touch with some people, some promising things are happening, so we’ll see,” the Frenchman said.

Asked if Honda will support his push to test a Formula 1 car, Pagenaud laughed as he answered: “I hope they would … why wouldn’t they?”

Pagenaud is reportedly in the last year of his current contract with the Indycar team Schmidt Peterson. (GMM)