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Lundgaard: Vettel can expect 'difficult transition' to IndyCar

Amid speculation in the spring that Vettel will end his F1 career, RLL founder and co-owner Bobby Rahal said he would be happy to have the German ace test one of his RLL-Hondas. Since then, the Aston Martin driver has announced that 2022 will be his last season in F1.

Former F2 driver and F1 test driver Lundgaard, who was confirmed today to sign a new multi-year IndyCar contract with RLL, was asked what he thought of Vettel’s attempt at IndyCar view.

“Honestly, I think it would be cool for Sebastian to drive an IndyCar. I’ve driven a Formula 1 car. I’ve been testing it with a Renault for days. So here it is for me Say, I’ll say it as it is: for me personally, that’s the easiest car I’ve ever driven. To a certain extent it’s easy to drive.

“And we see Formula 1 The reason the car, I would say, splits up at the front of the field and then very close in the middle, is that the car is easy to drive to a certain limit. And then find that half a second to a second is hard. Because this car has so much downforce, it’s going to stick, right?

“So I think Sebastian came here to try a car that you need to be busy, you need to make the car work, and…the car isn’t driving you, you’re driving the car— — I think it’s going to be a tough transition. But honestly, I expect a lot of F1 drivers to try IndyCar.”

Lundgaard made his debut last month at the Indianapolis Road Raceway Arriving on the IndyCar podium, he praised the fashion of two drivers he thought would be strong if he followed his example and moved from F2 to IndyCar. One is current points leader Felipe Drukovic and the other is Marcus Armstrong, who has two victories this year.

“I think look at Felipe, he’s done really well this year,” said the 20-year-old Dane. “He’s had a very, very good start to the season, which puts him in this position to be able to get points and still hold the championship lead.

“Marcus and I were teammates in 2020. in the F2. I know he had a rough year, but I know Marcus is a good driver. I know he can drive too. I don’t know much about Philip in general, but I think Marcus is definitely coming soon.

difficult. I think the transition to the oval is tough. “

On his strong showing in this year’s IndyCar Championship with another former F2 driver/F1 tester/IndyCar rookie Callum Ilott, Lundgard said: “I would say the Dallara link was a big factor in that, but I think going from Pirelli to Firestone is a big plus for Callum and me because I think we Have the experience of properly saving tires and taking care of them because Pirelli tires are difficult [to handle]. They are difficult to understand and vary from track to track.

“Here I think Firestone can take more so you can really push the tires. But at the same time, we know how to be fast, but now we also know how to save tires… …We’ve shown that we can do it well and be fast, but now I think it helps our car a lot more. But when you look at it, I think we’ve also qualified very well.

“I don’t think there’s much difference in the way these cars drive. I think IndyCar can be busier. It has a mild slide. The biggest difference for me, I think, is the tires, but the handling of the car is pretty much the same. A little bit different, but not too different. “

Lundgaard also said that he derives a lot of satisfaction from the intense but rather friendly atmosphere in the IndyCar paddock.

“So far, I think There’s not much I don’t like about IndyCar,” he said. “There’s always going to be some decisions that you want to be different from a couple of people, if it’s stewards or race directors and things like that, changing tracks and stuff like that.

“But I think in general, as I’ve said many times now when I moved here, I have a question, “What’s the difference between Europe and America? “For me, it’s about racing. It’s more about racing than politics and all that. What I love about IndyCar is that the feeling I’m here is how I feel when I’m in love with karting. You put The car is on the ground, you race, you have fun. But you compete, and once the helmet is off, everyone is the best buddy: you don’t see it in Europe.

“USA Life is fine for me and I prefer it here. Obviously I miss family and friends etc, but I’m sure they will come to me.

“All sports here are my first choice.”



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