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Daly to make F1 test return for Force India

Apr 29, 2013, 10:22 AM EDT


Upcoming American single-seater racer Conor Daly will perform a straight-line aerodynamic test for Force India on Wednesday.

Daly, 21, will be having his third run in a Formula One car. Teams are limited to no more than four one-day tests of this kind during a season.

“These sessions are vital data gathering times for F1 teams and I’m glad to be able to assist,” said Daly. “F1 cars are very complex machines and the day provides me with a great opportunity to learn many of the systems.”

He will have a seat fitting with the Silverstone-based team today and prepare for the test in their simulator on Tuesday.

Daly, the son of former F1 and IndyCar racer Derek Daly, is preparing for his third season in junior single-seater category GP3 which begins in Spain next week. He finished sixth in the series last year, scoring a win at the Circuit de Catalunya.

Already this year he has made a one-off appearance in the more senior GP2 category. He has also tested an IndyCar in preparation for an appearance at the Indianapolis 500 for Foyt.

During the winter off-season Daly won the MRF Challenge series in India. He won the Star Mazda category in 2010.

  1. apexassassin - Apr 29, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    I guess this is his reward for winning the MRF series since he couldn’t secure a GP2 drive and is back in GP3 in addition to his IRL schedule…

    I really hope he decides to stick it out and do GP2 next year and hopefully do well enough to earn his way into F1 and save the IRL for later in his career.

    Regardless of what path he chooses: Good Luck Conor!!! :)

  2. indycarseries500 - Apr 30, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    Please stop with the IRL garbage, it’s IndyCar!

    I think another season of GP3 was always the plan, he got an opportunity to do the opening GP2 rounds but that’s all he can do and still be eligible for GP3. At this moment the Indianapolis 500 is his only scheduled IndyCar race but I wouldn’t be surprised if SuperTex runs a second car for him for the doubleheader in Houston.

    • apexassassin - May 1, 2013 at 1:41 PM

      IRL, Indycar whatever… obviously your a big fan, so I’ll try and curb my disdain for the series and oval racing.

      As for Conor, he’s racing plans are born out of a lack of money and he’s said so on a number of occaisions. That is why he is keeping his doors open to racing in “Indycar”. GP2 costs big bucks, especially if you don’t live in Europe. He tried to secure a full time GP2 drive and did not succeed. No one plans to drive in GP3 for three seasons. Hopefully he’ll earn further recognition and some of the several American sponsors in F1 take note and find him a proper place in GP2 for next year with regular F1 testing duties for any team that isn’t Toro Rosso.

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