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In the round-up: James Hinchcliffe will return to full-time competition in the IndyCar series this year.

Hinchcliffe confirms full-time 2021 IndyCar programme

Having lost his full-time IndyCar drive last year when his former Schmidt Peterson team metamorphosed into McLaren SP, James Hinchcliffe will return for a full season this year with Andretti.

Hinchcliffe previously raced for Andretti between 2012 and 2014, taking over the car previously driven by Danica Patrick. He scored his career-best eighth in the championship during the first two of those seasons.

He joined Schmidt Peterson the following year, but started just five races before being badly injured in a crash at the Indianapolis 500. He returned to the team in 2016, and scored his most recent victory for them at Iowa in 2018.

Having been left out of a drive by McLaren’s takeover of the team, Hinchcliffe returned to Andretti for six races last year including the Indy 500, where he finished seventh. His planned part-time campaign was expanded when he took over the car vacated by Zach Veach at the end of the year, and he will continued to drive the number 29 machine this season.

“This programme is something we’ve been working on since the day we signed our three-race deal with Andretti Autosport last March,” said Hinchcliffe. “Being back full-time has always been the goal and it feels so great to know that I will be back on the grid and with such an amazing team, one I’ve had a lot of great memories and success with.”

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Juan Pablo Montoya, Ralf Schumacher, Williams FW23 launch, 2001
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