Is Conor Daly set to become F1's next second-generation driver?

With Alexander Rossi’s rapid rise towards an inevitable Grand Prix racing debut, Formula 1 could soon have a second American racer on the grid in the coming years.

Not only that, but this newest candidate could also be another second-generation Grand Prix racer…

The Force India team has today announced that Conor Daly, son of former Grand Prix racer Derek Daly, will participate in a straight-line aerodynamic test tomorrow, marking the 20-year-old’s first-ever outing in Formula 1 machinery.

After winning the Star Mazda Championship, Daly switched to GP3 in 2011, where he quickly showed that his father’s bravery was in the genes with some daring overtaking moves in his maiden season of European racing with Carlin Motorsport.

Conor Daly claimed his maiden GP3 win last weekendHaving switched to Lotus’ GP3 team in the off-season, his second season in the championship has netted the young American his first GP3 win at the Circuit de Catalunya last weekend.

Daly’s test will take place at Gloucestershire’s Cotswold Airport (formerly known as Kemble Airfield). He has already visited the team’s Silverstone factory to perform a seat fitting and to familiarise himself with the VJM05’s complicated steering wheel.

The news will be a source of immense pride for his father Derek, who raced in F1 in the late 1970s and early 1980s for the likes of Hesketh, Ensign, Tyrrell, March, Theodore and Williams. The Irishman later switched to IndyCar racing before becoming a commentator and motivational speaker in his adopted homeland of the United States.

We had the great pleasure of previously interviewing Derek about his career, which you can read by clicking on the thumbnail below:

Derek Daly
A lively and confident Irishman with some big crashes to his name, now a commentator and motivational speaker in his adopted homeland Stateside

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.