Nov 24, 2009

Hildebrand not testing with US F1?

Further to post yesterday about flexible principles at US F1, just wondering if anyone is asking Peter Windsor why Indy Lights champion and up-and-coming U.S. driver J. R. Hildebrand gets a test with Force India and not with the North Carolina-based team.

The 21-year-old from California will drive the Force India 2009 car in Jerez, Spain, for two days beginning Dec. 1.

Hildebrand dominated the 2009 Indy Lights series, taking four wins and six poles in 15 starts. His 545 points was 98 better than second place finisher James Davidson.

You would think that a resume like that and a U.S. passport would at least get him a sniff from the folks at US F1. Maybe it's because he doesn't have those two things AND $8 million in the bank?

Anyway, he'll share the car with DTM standout Paul di Resta, 23, of Scotland. He finished third overall in 2009.

Word on the street is that Hildebrand may be in line for a reserve role at Force India. So, maybe there will be a U.S. driver in F1 next year even if US F1's bosses don't make it happen.

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