Sep.20 - Colton Herta says he won't fight 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 next year by filling the AlphaTauri seat with the Indycar star, Herta did not qualify for a mandatory F1 super license.

"I understand the FIA's position based on the current points structure," he is quoted by the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.

Red Bull tried to argue 'force majeure' based on the covid situation of the past few years, and had hoped that F1 test and practice session outings might also change the FIA mind.

But Herta insists he did not want to be given a special exemption.

"Personally, I think the points rating for Indycar is too low," he said.

Another Red Bull idea was to get Herta's super license points up from 32 to the required 40 by funding drives for him in minor championships over the winter.

"I had opportunities to earn extra points by driving in other classes," Herta confirms, "but I've been a professional driver here for four years and haven't even considered that."

Some of Herta's Indycar rivals have spoken out about his lost F1 opportunity.

"F1 is an elitist sport," said Graham Rahal. "They don't want us. Remember that.

"They want US companies' money, they want wealthy US individuals' money. But they don't care about the rest. Always has been that way, always will be."

Even McLaren boss and American Zak Brown thinks Formula 1 needs to revisit the rigid super license system.

"If someone like Colton who's won a lot of Indycar races isn't eligible for a super license then I think we need to review the super license system," he said.

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3 F1 Fan comments on “Herta won't fight FIA's F1 super license decision

  1. ReallyOldRacer

    Used to be, back in the day, a certain number races in a recognized competitive series were necessary and then license qualification level was based on observation and evaluation of talent. The system worked. That's how guys like Pete Lovely qualified to drag his old Lotus out to Watkins Glen and attempt to qualify for the USGP. The FIA is now a convoluted political travesty and has more to do with money than it does racing.

    To point, Herta might not have the talent to succeed in F1, but he has earned the right to fail.

  2. shroppyfly

    The only think Zak wants to revisit, is this place to expand his waist line further--80 GOLDSWORTH ROAD
    WOKING, GU21 6LQ
    Pete Lovely, great name, pal of mine had a great name too, Mr Crimes (Rip), oh the fun he had, when pulled over by the law in his series 1 rs Turbo .


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