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Pagenaud believes new Schmidt IndyCar team-mate Aleshin will thrive

Mikhail Aleshin, Schmidt Peterson, Sebring IndyCar testing December 2013

Simon Pagenaud is confident that new team-mate Mikhail Aleshin will make an easy transition to IndyCar when he embarks upon his rookie season this year.

Aleshin was confirmed as Pagenaud's team-mate at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports late last year.

Pagenaud said that he expects the 26-year-old Russian to adapt quickly.

"Mikhail is used to driving powerful cars and used to being in big teams, so I think there will be a lot less adjustment for him," Pagenaud said.

"He has to learn how to drive on ovals, but he's taken a great approach.

"It won't be easy. There are so many challenges with IndyCar, so many details. He has a lot of talent and he's really smart, and I think he'll fit in well with us. He's already helping us with feedback."

Aleshin arrives in IndyCar following seven seasons in Formula Renault 3.5, where was the series champion with Carlin in 2010.

He is one of 14 drivers scheduled to test at Sonoma on Wednesday.

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