IndyCar star linked with Honda F1 test

Simon Pagenaud

IndyCar front-runner Simon Pagenaud has been linked with a test role for Honda’s new F1 engine.

The Frenchman has extensive links to the Japanese manufacturer having previously raced for them in sportscars. Honda subsequently helped him into a drive with one of their IndyCar teams, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM), for whom he has won four races in two seasons.

Pagenaud is also a highly-respected development driver and, when asked about the possibility of testing Honda’s new F1 powerplant this winter, gave a positive response.

"I've been in touch with some people, some promising things are happening, so we'll see," Pagenaud told Racer magazine during last weekend’s IndyCar event.

When asked if Honda would facilitate the test, Pagenaud responded: "I hope they would... why wouldn't they?"

The 30-year-old is currently in the final year of his SPM deal and has been heavily linked with IndyCar powerhouse Andretti Autosport for 2015. The multiple title winners recently returned to Honda power, making Pagenaud’s signature a natural choice.