French IndyCar driver Simon Pagenaud may be in line for a Formula One test with Honda, as the Japanese manufacturer ramps up preparations ahead of its return to the series with the McLaren team.
Pagenaud, who currently races under Honda power for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, has impressed in IndyCar this season taking two wins. Known for his testing abilities, the Frenchman has been heavily involved with the development of numerous Honda racing engines. With Formula One using new 1.6-litre turbocharged engines with complicated energy recovery systems, Pagenaud’s experience could prove invaluable.
Speaking with Racer magazine, the IndyCar Series front-runner was positive on his chances of the test happening, saying: “I’ve been in touch with some people, some promising things are happening, so we’ll see.”
When asked whether his previous testing experience and engine knowledge would be an advantage, Pagenaud commented: “I think that would be one of my biggest values. I would love to test with the hybrid system, especially for someone like me who loves technology, so I would like to help in any way.”
Pagenaud has been a keen supporter of SAFEisFAST.com, featuring in a number of tutorial videos. Check out his tips on maintaining focus and concentration throughout a race in the video: The Mental Edge.