McLaren Executive Director Zak Brown who is currently in Daytona for the Rolex 24 Hours believes that Verizon IndyCar Series veteran Scott Dixon is ready for Formula One and is an outstanding talent and believes that the New Zealander is similar to Fernando Alonso.

Dixon tested for the Williams F1 Team in 2004 and at the Paul Ricard circuit in France and had been tipped to replace Juan Pablo Montoya in 2005 however he opted to remain in IndyCar.

The Kiwi has been extremely competitive in the Verizon IndyCar Series having won the championship four times in 2003, 2008, 2013 and 2015 and also won the 2008 Indianapolis 500.

Dixon is getting ready for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season which gets underway wit the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg in just over a month.

Brown believes however that with the limited testing opportunities in Formula One now it will be a while before drivers move across disciplines. Fernando Alonso was the last active Formula One driver to move across albeit for one race when he competed in the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil last year.

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