2009 Firestone Indy Lights champion, JR Hildebrand, will test for the Force India F1 team in the first days of December. Read the full article at Autosport.com. JR has been searching for a ride at the next level ever since August (probably before), but many, including myself, thought that meant a seat somewhere in the IZOD IndyCar Series, or perhaps with
USF1 USGPE. Turns out that he has his sights set well above the doubtful USF1 USGPE and on a ride with a legitimate team that actually has a car constructed for 2010. Sorry, Windsor, but I’m rapidly losing faith that you’ll make the grid.
“I know it’s a big challenge but I feel ready to tackle it. The aim is to learn the track and the car and then hopefully show my potential.
“As an American we don’t necessarily have the culture of F1 but anything that’s so impressive and cutting-edge demands respect. I hope I can do the car and myself justice.”
I have mixed emotions about this test. I’m extremely happy for JR to get the opportunity, and it speaks well of the Firestone Indy Lights Series that our champion is well thought of enough to be offered a Formula 1 test. However, I’d hate to see JR take a position with FIF1 and end up being a mid-packer at best, and most likely a back marker with a sub-par F1 team. It would simply reinforce the stereotype that Europeans already have of American drivers. Have fun during your test, JR, but please come back here to race.