Herta is not eligible for a superlicense under the current points system, and rival team bosses have indicated the FIA should stick to the rules and not make exceptions for force majeure.
The 22-year-old is currently eighth in the 2022 standings one round away from Laguna Seca this weekend, after a « rather disappointing » season where he picked up just one victory at the Indianapolis circuit.
However, Herta, who told Autosport that « it was a bit of a surprise to hear » Red Bull’s interest in him, said: « It’s good news for me. that knowing that his position in the IndyCar championship counts towards the points for an FIA superlicense does not change his emotions.
« No, I’ve never been focused on that, feeling that I need maximum IndyCar points to earn superlicense points, » he told Autosport.
“I felt that thinking like that would hurt in the long run. I was just disappointed with the way things turned out for us, whether it was in my control or out of my control.
« It was just hurtful that week after week the team gave us good cars, generally, and we weren’t able or knew how to maximize our opportunities. It’s sad for all of us. »
Herta cites Long Beach, the Indianapolis 500 and the second race at the Indy Road Course as the events that left him languishing below his standards.
At Long Beach, after taking pole, he was passed by two cars during a pit stop and crashed while in third place.
In the IndyCar race, he only started 25th after an engine failed on his first qualifying lap, then suffered a shunt during Carb Day practice that left him ; turned it upside down and didn’t give him time to fine-tune his spare car before the race. He abandoned his car on lap 129 and was only ranked 30th.
On IndyCar’s second visit to the IMS road course in July, he had slipped from 16th to the lead when another mechanical issue put him out of the race.
“At Indy After the first engine failed, we didn’t have a chance to go through the conditioning process and get the new engine tuned the way we wanted, so that may have a lot to do with us not We weren’t good in qualifying,” Herta said.
“Long Beach is obviously a place where I completely screwed up, I could have had a podium there.
“And then in race two at the Indy road course, I think I had it, maybe Alex… [Rossi] would have caught up with me, but whatever, between us we had the fastest cars on the circuit.
“So it’s three races where we finished almost last, and one of them is worth two points. It was heartbreaking for the points situation. »