There was an agitation on the side of F1, and in particular the Scuderia AlphaTauri, to bring in the promising American driver Colton Herta who is a resident of the prestigious Andretti Autosport team in the IndyCar Series. The latter would like to keep her protege.
The obstacle to Colton Herta’s arrival in F1 was his lack of points to win the Super License. Only a derogation from the FIA could override this point of regulation, which neither the federation nor the rival teams wanted to do.
Herta resigns to stay in IndyCar Series
If since the end of the Italian Grand Prix, Helmut Marko and Scuderia AlphaTauri have set their sights on the surprising Nyck de Vries, it is also because Colton Herta was becoming a distant option for F1.
Helmut Marko, however, claims that the story is even more complex than that. « Andretti has increased his offer to Herta to stay there (in the IndyCar Series) », he told Auto Motor und Sport. Marko also said Herta’s links with McLaren were a complication. « He must settle his obligations to McLaren and Andretti himself if he wants to come to us »he insisted.
Herta himself admits he has an unfinished run in the IndyCar Series. « There are some things I need to improve »did he declare. “I am not yet a candidate driver for the title, or at least this year I was not completely.
Nonetheless, he believes there are still opportunities ahead. « Michael Andretti wants to get me into F1 and it’s not a fleeting offer either »he revealed. « In the next few years there could be a few other options, like if a team could sell or if a new manufacturer came into F1 »Herta said.