Hulkenberg set for Barber IndyCar test with Arrow McLaren SP

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Hulkenberg set for Barber IndyCar test with Arrow McLaren SP

Nico Hulkenberg will enjoy an outing with Arrow McLaren SP at IndyCar's upcoming driver evaluation test day scheduled at Barber Motorsports Park on October 25.

The 34-year-old German driver, who hasn't raced full-time in Formula 1 since 2019, is Aston Martin F1's current reserve. But Hulkenberg admitted last month that the door was quietly shutting on his career in F1.

Both Pato O'Ward and Felix Rosenqvist are contracted to Arrow McLaren SP for 2022, which implies that Hulkenberg's test has been set up for evaluation purposes only.

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However, McLaren Racing boss Zak Brown hasn't ruled out AMSP fielding a third entry in the NTT IndyCar Championship at some point in 2022 and almost certainly in 2023.

"Once we get going on a third car, whenever that is, which won’t be the start of the year, we’ll then run a third car [full-time]. We’re not going to be in and out: once we go, we’re going," said Brown last month at Laguna Seca.

"For sure, we’ll run a third car in 2023, maybe we’ll get that out at some point in ’22."

According to Motorsport.com, next week's IndyCar test at Barber will also feature FIA Formula 3 race-winner Logan Sargent, with the 20-year-old American running in the test with AJ Foyt Racing.

Ed Carpenter Racing, Dale Coyne Racing and Andretti Autosport are also expected to field cars in the October 25 test in Alabama.

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Rosberg: Hamilton 'probably the best ever' in terms of talent

Nico Rosberg says Lewis Hamilton, his former F1 nemesis, is probably the most talented driver Formula 1 has... The post Rosberg: Hamilton 'probably the best ever' in terms of talent appeared first on F1i.com.

Rosberg: Hamilton 'probably the best ever' in terms of talent

Nico Rosberg says Lewis Hamilton, his former F1 nemesis, is probably the most talented driver Formula 1 has ever seen.

While he is consistently challenged by a worthy rival this season, namely Max Verstappen, Hamilton continues to take the stats to new record levels, having achieved a century of wins in Russia last month while pushing his pole tally further up.

The Mercedes star is gunning for a record eighth world crown this year, a success that would detach him from Michael Schumacher in F1's history books.

Rosberg, who witnessed Hamilton's skills up close at Mercedes during four seasons and who is the only teammate to have beaten the Briton to the world title, believes his former adversary's natural ability places him ahead of Schumacher and perhaps at the top of F1's all-time pyramid of talent

"Lewis is just an extreme natural talent, in terms of talent, he must probably be the best ever," Rosberg told Sky. "And he really builds on that, that instinct is phenomenal with him.

"A big difference is diligence. Lewis hates testing. And Michael would do tests every day, even though he is a seven-time World Champion – but he also knows that you can still learn a little bit. It’s just diligence, passion."

Hamilton's high-profile skirmishes and run-ins with Verstappen this season have been a major talking point. But Rosberg notes that the seven-time world champion has an uncanny ability to absolve himself of any wrongdoing, especially with the media.

"What he [Hamilton] does very well is the whole politics, with the media," said Rosberg.

"He acts very, very cleverly. And even on the track, when you go into the grey areas, it’s somehow never really his fault. It’s always the opponent’s fault."

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As he looks ahead to this year's showdown between F1's two protagonists, Rosberg admitted that if Hamilton prevails in Abu Dhabi and clinches an eighth crown, he'll look proudly upon his defeat of his Mercedes teammate in 2016.

"I’m not so emotionally connected now that I say, hey, Michael deserves to hold the record," concluded the German.

"I then see more and more, okay, he was really damn fast, and I can be all the more proud that I beat him back then with the same car."

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