IndyCar driver linked with Honda F1 test

Simon Pagenaud currently sits fourth in the 2014 Verizon IndyCar series points standings, with two wins to his name this season.

A leading contender to become a test driver for Honda’s F1 return has emerged.

Racer recently reported that Honda-powered Indycar frontrunner Simon Pagenaud is in talks to make his F1 test debut with Japanese power next winter ahead of Honda’s McLaren foray for 2015.

"I’ve been in touch with some people, some promising things are happening, so we’ll see," the Frenchman said.

Asked if Honda will support his push to test a Formula One car, Pagenaud laughed as he answered: "I hope they would … why wouldn’t they?"

Pagenaud is reportedly in the last year of his current contract with his Indycar team Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports.