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Callum Ilott, JOTA
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The apprenticeship that will aid Ilott's IndyCar to WEC switch at Jota

Callum Ilott's time at Ferrari ran out; his stint in IndyCar was cut short. But Jota’s new recruit for its WEC Porsche Hypercar effort could be the real deal for the British squad

Had things gone as Callum Ilott had anticipated over the long IndyCar off-season – a full eight grand prix weekends have been held since he navigated September’s Laguna Seca season finale crashfest to finish an equal-best fifth – then he’d be preparing for a third full-season in top-flight US open-wheel racing. But as the Cambridge native put it on the Autosport International show’s main stage last month, “circumstances changed as they sometimes do in life”.

The 25-year-old duly found himself facing the exit door at Juncos Hollinger Racing, the team he’d joined for the final three races of a 2021 season that overlapped with his final year on Ferrari’s books. Fortunately for Ilott, while the door to a Formula 1 race seat had remained firmly closed, he’d not spent 2021 entirely kicking his heels as Alfa Romeo’s underused reserve.

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