Colton Herta will not challenge the FIA’s decision to keep him out of Formula 1 for 2023.
Although Red Bull wanted to facilitate Pierre Gasly’s move to Alpine F1 next year by signing the Indycar driver, Herta will not have a waiver to obtain a mandatory F1 super license to drive with AlphaTauri.
« I understand the position of the FIA based on the current points structure, » he confides to Telegraaf.
Red Bull has tried to highlight « force majeure » based on the Covid situation of recent years, and hoped that private testing and free practice 1 might change the FIA’s opinion. No result.
But Herta insists he did not want an exemption.
« I had the opportunity to earn extra points by driving in other formulas this winter but I’ve been a professional driver in IndyCar for four years and I didn’t even consider that. »
“Personally, I think the number of points for Indycar is too low. We also need to review the system for professional drivers because the points are adapted to young people who go up and move from category to category.
« But once installed in a category, like me in IndyCar, it’s impossible to make the switch with F1. We have to reward that better. »