Formula 1 2022 news and analysis, IndyCar series, Supercars championship Scott McLaughlin, Romain Grosjean, testing, superlicence, American sports
, 2022-12-19 21:53:00,
Three-time Supercars champion Scott McLaughlin is a “very special” talent who deserves a Formula 1 test, according to ex-F1 driver Romain Grosjean.
McLaughlin won three Supercars titles in 2018–20 before moving to the United States to join the IndyCar series with Team Penske, where he has rapidly established himself as a protagonist.
After a workmanlike debut season, the Kiwi burst from the blocks in his-follow up 2022 campaign with a first-round victory. He won two more races and collected a further four podiums in the 17-round season to finish fourth in the championship just 50 points behind title-winning Australian Will Power.
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It was an attention-grabbing performance, particularly for former Formula 1 driver Romain Grosjean.
Grosjean, a GP2 champion and 10-time F1 podium getter over 179 starts, moved from Europe to IndyCar at around the same time as McLaughlin but is yet to finish higher than 13th in the series, albeit having raced for the comparatively less competitive Dale Coyne and Andretti teams.
Having seen first-hand McLaughlin’s seamless switch from touring cars to single-seaters, Grosjean has no doubt his rival has what it takes to have a crack at Formula 1 given how much he’s flourished in the “tough” world of IndyCar.
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