Formula 1 | Red Bull, Alpine F1 and McLaren team up for Herta superlicense

Red Bull, Alpine F1 and McLaren (...)

Red Bull and Alpine F1 are not abandoning their joint plans to have Indycar driver Colton Herta in F1 for the 2023 season.

Alpine have reached an agreement with Red Bull for Pierre Gasly to be released from his contract at AlphaTauri to be Esteban Ocon’s teammate next year.

The 22-year-old American himself was granted a parole by his Indycar team, Andretti Autosport. And McLaren is also committed to helping Herta!

« Amazingly, all parties and teams involved have come to an agreement, » confirms Dr. Helmut Marko, Red Bull consultant.

« We don’t have an answer yet, several tests will be put in place. It will be an answer at the end of the month at the latest and we remain hopeful. »

However, the entire deal hinges on Herta giving Herta the green light to get a mandatory F1 super license – but he only has 32 of the required 40 points.

« If it’s not Colton Herta, then I think Pierre Gasly will stay and nothing will change, » declared the boss of AlphaTauri, Franz Tost, in Monza.

Rival F1 teams have already rejected the idea of ​​a unanimous vote for an exemption, so Red Bull and Alpine – aided by McLaren – are moving to plan B. McLaren may have negotiated an early arrival for Piastri in exchange for this help.

They hope a series of Formula 1 tests for Herta will convince the FIA ​​that he has done enough to prove he is good enough for F1.

A first test at the Hungaroring will take place with an Alpine A521 with Colton Herta, Nyck de Vries and Jack Doohan in action, as we reported to you, but Nico Hulkenberg has also been invited.

In parallel, Colton Herta should also take the wheel of a McLaren in the next few days in Barcelona. There could also be a few free practices on Fridays with McLaren for Herta this year.

In Barcelona for the McLaren test which starts today will also be Pato O’Ward and Alex Palou, who is locked in a legal dispute between the Woking-based team and his current Indycar team Chip Ganassi.

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