Colton Herta has labelled racing in Formula 1 as a “serious ambition” of his, having signed a testing deal with McLaren earlier this year.

The IndyCar driver will get the chance to test the 2021 McLaren later in the year alongside some simulator work at the team’s factory, and his name has been doing the rounds as a potential replacement for Daniel Ricciardo when his contract expires with the team after the 2023 season – should he end up leaving.

Herta raced in Europe alongside Lando Norris in their teenage years before the American headed back Stateside for his rise to IndyCar, and he said previously that a move to Formula 1 with Alfa Romeo in 2022 was “closer than people know”, before Michael Andretti’s proposed takeover of the team fell through.

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