Herta, who has scored seven wins in his first 4 seasons of IndyCar racing and completed third and fifth within the 2020 and ’21 championships, has solely 32 of the required 40 factors to be granted a superlicence.
Thus he would have been counting on the FIA making him a particular case so as to land a race sat in F1 for 2023.
“I can perceive the FIA’s place,” Herta informed Autosport on the weekend. “I simply really feel that IndyCar is underrepresented within the superlicence factors construction.
“However from their viewpoint, with the present factors construction, I get it. And I do not need to are available in as ‘an exception’.”
Requested if he had thought-about accumulating the requisite factors by competing in Asian Regional Method on this low season and whether or not he had chased FP1 alternatives, Herta replied: “I believe it was potential to do one thing like [Asian Regional Formula], however I really feel like I should not must go race in a feeder collection after I have been an expert driver for 4 years. So I did not absolutely take into account it.
“Zak Brown stated he’d have an interest to run me in FP1s however he would not need to put me in a McLaren if I had a contract with AlphaTauri: it is type of going in opposition to your group!
“I admire all the hassle Zak has made for me – he is been nice to me. There’s been numerous stuff within the information however he is been fully clear to me all alongside, and it has been nice to work with him.”
Assuming the superlicence guidelines do not shift, Herta is subsequently going to want to achieve the 40-point threshold through a mix of IndyCar achievement and a few FP1 periods with an F1 group, that are valued at one level apiece.
Provided that an Andretti Autosport driver hasn’t received the championship in 10 years, and that Herta and departing teammate Rossi have been solely 10th and ninth within the championship this yr respectively, that might look like a tricky ask for the 22-year-old from California.
Colton Herta, Andretti Autosport w/ Curb-Agajanian Honda
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However Herta stated he had religion that each he and his group can enhance sufficiently to develop into title contenders.
“There are some issues that we have to enhance on, there’s stuff that I would like to enhance on – I do not suppose I am a whole championship driver, or at the very least I wasn’t this yr.
“However that is one thing we will work on within the low season and I am assured I’ve the pace to do it, and I am assured that Andretti can produce the vehicles to do it.
Herta stated his F1 dream is much from over, and that he additionally believes group proprietor Michael Andretti’s dream of transferring to F1 continues to be alive.
Requested how lengthy the second-gen Andretti would possibly to get a dedication from Herta to signal a brand new IndyCar deal or chase an F1 alternative, Herta advised the pair could be coming into the fray collectively.
“I believe Michael’s ready to place me into F1, there may be some longevity to that provide,” stated Herta. “I might perceive if by the point I am 26 he does not need to put me in an F1 automotive.
“However I suppose there is a promise from this entire [Nyck] de Vries deal, proper? He is 27, he’ll be 28 by the beginning of subsequent season, and it appears to be like like what he did in Monza might need spiked some conversations about him getting a seat someplace.
“Goes to indicate, when you get the chance, it’s essential to maximise it and he did, so truthful play to him.
“Within the subsequent few years there could be alternatives [for Andretti] to purchase a group,” stated Herta, who noticed his boss’s makes an attempt to begin up an F1 group foiled by homeowners who did not want to see monies break up 11 methods as an alternative of 10.
“Anyone could be trying to promote. If one other engine producer is available in and a group proprietor has a possibility to promote, they could take a look at it very otherwise.
“However relating to my future, on the finish of the day it’s the FIA’s choice. They hearken to the groups loads nevertheless it’s the FIA’s name over superlicences. They do not need to piss off all their group homeowners and present producers simply to simply accept yet another particular person. It is a massive puzzle with numerous transferring components.”