Former Formula One world champion Mario Andretti will drive McLaren at this year’s U.S. Grand Prix in Austin, Texas.
McLaren Racing CEO Zach Brown has confirmed on social media that the 1978 F1 world champion, winner of the Indy 500 and Daytona 500 will drive McLaren in October.
Brown, an American, was pleased to announce that Andretti would bounce behind a Formula One car at the age of 82, but did not confirm that it would be for the era or the McLaren model.
Andretti is known for participating in black and gold Lotus cars in the late 70’s, he also raced for Ferrari, Alfa Romeo and once for Williams, but he never drove a McLaren.
“Agreed with Mario to mark something from his list – he will drive the previous race car @ McLarenF1 at this year’s US Grand Prix in Austin,” – wrote Brown.
It is clear that Andretti will cut the demonstration circles in front of American fans on the eve of the race.
Although in his 80s Andretti still jumps behind the wheel of racing cars with open wheels, regularly carrying passengers on hot laps in a double IndyCar.
Andretti attended the first Miami Grand Prix last weekend and even approached the Sky Sports F1 comment box during Workout 2.
Andretti’s son, Michael Andretti, himself a former McLaren driver, and is trying to enlist the support of Formula One teams to allow him to field the team in the F1 network.
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