Colton Herta thinks the FIA will not give him an exception for a super license so as not to kick the other teams.
For a while it looked like Colton Herta would join AlphaTauri next year, but the fact that he doesn’t have enough points on his super license has put a stop to that. Red Bull has tried to request an exception for Herta, given his track record in IndyCar, but the FIA proved unwavering.
Ultimately, it is the decision of the FIA, Herta told Motorsport.com. They listen a lot to the teams but when it comes to the super license it is the decision of the FIA.
They just don’t want to kick the other teams and constructors in the shins to accept a driver. It is a large puzzle with many moving pieces.
There is a sense of disappointment with Herta, but he would like to see IndyCar given a little more weight when it comes to points to be earned for the super license.
I can understand the FIA but I just think IndyCar is under-represented in the superlicense points structure, Herta continues. But from their point of view, with the current points structure, I understand the decision. Also, I don’t want to come as an exception.
But Herta is not giving up and thinks his relationship with Andretti Autosport may well help him get his chance in F1 in the future.
“I think Michael is willing to put me in F1, there is some stretch in that offer,” said Herta. “I would understand if he doesn’t want to put me in an F1 bolisz by the time I’m 26.
“But I think there’s a promise of this whole Nyck de Vries deal, right? He is 27, he will be 28 at the start of next season, and it seems that what he did in Monza has sparked some talks about a seat for him.”
“So you see, if you get the chance, you have to use it to the fullest and he did, so fair is fair.”
“In the coming years, there may be opportunities for Andretti to buy a team,” he added.
“Someone might want to sell. If another engine manufacturer comes along and a team owner has a chance to sell, they might have a very different view.”
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