Alexander Rossi is the last American to race in Formula 1 so far. But that will no longer be the case with the arrival of Logan Sargeant (pictured) at Williams F1 next year, and IndyCar driver Andretti has hailed the accomplishments of his compatriot.
« Logan did it right and I have a lot of respect » Rossi told The Race. « I know how challenging it is for him and his family and everything else to make that sacrifice. Because that’s what you have to do. That’s how it works and so he deserves to ‘have the green light to go to F1. »
Rossi is pleased to see that Sargeant has obtained his Superlicense, but he again laments the fact that Colton Herta was unable to obtain his, and that this possibly prevented him from entering F1.
« In a way, I agree with this decision and the way it was made. Why would someone like Logan, who moved to Europe and made sacrifices and invested time and effort, should it be discarded in favor of someone who hasn’t done this? »
« But if an F1 team believes that a person has the talent and the ability to perform in F1, which Colton clearly does and has proven, that shouldn’t necessarily stop him from going there. to arrive. »
« This whole Superlicence thing came across as a way to keep people from buying into the show. And what it did was it stopped an American from being on the grid. prevented Colton, who has the credentials and the ability, who could very easily have found himself in any situation through Red Bull or otherwise. »
« So I think there’s definitely a middle ground to be struck. And I think that would be through awarding more Superlicense points with IndyCar. At the moment it seems like the only way to get into F1 is to go through the European ladder system. »
« But I think hopefully we’ll see that change in the years to come. Because I don’t think it’s a requirement, right? I think there’s a huge level of competition out there. now in IndyCar and IMSA. »
« And if there are guys kicking ass and doing well in these championships, and they’re going to test in an F1 car and they’re impressive, there’s no reason why we don’t give them the opportunity. »
“There is life outside F1”
Rossi had advised pilots in 2020 to go and build a track record in other disciplines, and he confirms that he keeps the same opinion today about the premier category.
« No, not at all. I would love to see Colton get a chance. Just because I have a huge amount and respect for him. I would love to see a real American team, and you know what I mean when I say ‘ true’. So I think it would be great to see Andretti get that chance. »
« I know there are a lot of challenges for this to happen. Rightly or wrongly. That’s how it works. It’s obviously cool to see Logan, I don’t know him personally, but he’s an American, and he’s going to race in F1 next year. »
« So that’s great. I understand why IndyCar drivers are interested in F1, it’s the pinnacle of the sport, and I say to anyone who hasn’t had a taste of it, be a mechanic , engineers, pilots or whatever, ‘go ahead and do it’. It’s great. »
« I feel like people come to a certain point in their lives, careers or whatever, where they realize there’s life outside of F1. And for so long I’ve had tunnel vision on that, there was only that, and nothing else existed. Once you’re there, you think it’s great. »
« But there’s a lot of things that aren’t great. And then you have the opportunity, like me, to compete in another championship. You lose some of the venues and events, the pageantry and the sexiness of everything. that, but you also get that raw form of motorsport that you loved as a kid. »
« So it’s very difficult to come back to F1 just to have these really cool cars and these really cool events. Because there’s a downside to that. There’s a lot of politics and a lot of things happening and which as an athlete, as a racing driver, you don’t really want to be involved in. »