Anybody that knows anything about Formula 1, Indy Car and NASCAR understands that the “speculation” is just silly uninformed folks flapping their gums.
Now this would be a huge gamble for Danica Patrick. Plus she hasn’t in her NASCAR career demonstrated the ability to be competitive.
Here is the detail of requirements to obtain an F1 Super Licence FIA Super Licence
We will see if she leaves NASCAR for the F1 after this season. Read the Article from Sporting World News down below…
Per Formula1.com drivers hoping to obtain a super license must “be at least 18-years old, have spent at least two years in junior single-seater categories, hold a valid road driver’s licence and pass a test on the Formula One sporting regulations. The existing requirement of completing 300 kilometres in a recent F1 car also remains.”
Patrick would presumably just return to NASCAR in 2016, but her spot with Stewart-Haas Racing is not guaranteed either. Patrick’s contract expires at season’s end, and Go Daddy is not returning as a sponsor next year. There has been little word of Patrick’s future at Stewart-Haas Racing, and the free agency of Martin Truex Jr. may take precedence over re-signing Patrick.
This year Truex owns four Top 5 finishes, one victory, and has an average finish of 7.9. Should SHR decide they want to make a push for one of racing’s top names, Patrick may be deemed expendable. Truex Jr. has three career wins and 108 Top 10 finishes in 347 races (12 years) compared to Patrick’s zero victories and six Top 10 finishes in 95 races over three seasons.