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Sebastian Vettel

Vettel offered IndyCar test after Road America comments

An off-handed remark made on the sidelines of the Miami Grand Prix may result in Sebastian Vettel suiting up to test an IndyCar.

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Sebastian Vettel has been offered the chance to test an IndyCar by Rahal Letterman Lanigan team owner Bobby Rahal.

Asked for his opinion on the Miami International Autodrome, which hosted last weekend's inaugural Miami Grand Prix, Vettel was less than effusive, saying that he preferred "real American tracks", and cited the Road America circuit in Wisconsin as an example.

"Going to Road America, for certainly the money that was spent to build [the Miami International Autodrome], could have easily brought the standard up in great places, like Road America. And from a driving point of view, I think they would be a lot more thrilling," Vettel told media including RacingNews365.com.

The undulating 4.048-mile track has featured regularly on the IndyCar calendar since the early 1980s, and Vettel's admiration for Road America was noticed by Rahal Letterman Lanigan driver and Bobby's son, Graham Rahal, who wrote on Twitter: "If you ever want to test an IndyCar at Road America, we'll make sure it happens. It would be an honour to have you in our car."

Following Graham's message, father Bobby also weighed in, tweeting: "Seb, it's a deal if you want it."

Vettel struggling in F1 in recent years

After winning four consecutive Drivers' Championship titles between 2010 and 2013 while at Red Bull, Vettel has struggled in recent years, with the last of his 51 Grand Prix wins coming at the 2019 Singapore Grand Prix.

Following a winless 2020 season, Vettel was dropped by Ferrari after six years at the Scuderia, and a high-profile move to Aston Martin in 2021 has so far produced only a single podium finish.

It is unclear whether Vettel has the desire or the time to take Rahal up on his offer, with the 2022 F1 season set to be the sport's longest ever with 23 Grands Prix scheduled.

In a more unusual break from his regular F1 duties, Vettel is also set to appear as a panellist on this week's edition of the BBC debate show Question Time.

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