Rossi, Maldonado in frame for IndyCar switch

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Alexander Rossi and Pastor Maldonado are both in the frame for a move to IndyCar after losing their F1 seats.

Maldonado was dropped by Renault after problems between the team and sponsors PDVSA, while Rossi lost out on a drive at Manor as the team opted for Pascal Wehrlein and Rio Haryanto as its race drivers. With Gabby Chaves losing the #98 Andretti Autosport-BHA seat in 2016, Bryan Herta says he is looking at those who missed out on F1 drives as well as J.R. Hildebrand.

โ€œWe have a shortlist of people we've spoken to โ€“ and J.R. is one of them โ€“ย but it also includes drivers who are no longer in Formula 1 this year, or thought they were going to have Formula 1 rides but now donโ€™t," Herta told Motorsport.com.

โ€œIโ€™ve been involved with the discussions between Andretti and the potential drivers, and right now Iโ€™d say there are three or four guys on the shortlist, and two serious ones. And the next 24 to 36 hours will be critical as to which way it goes.โ€

While Herta would only confirm he has previously spoken to Maldonado, when asked if Rossi is one of the ex-F1 drivers he is considering,ย he replied:ย โ€œThat would be a good guess.โ€

Will Stevens could also be in the frame after losing his Manor drive, withย all race seats now taken in F1.

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