The Andretti Autosport driver has been linked with a switch to F1 in 2023 and has been courted by AlphaTauri, as Pierre Gasly has been linked with a transfer to Alpine to interchange Fernando Alonso, however Autosport understands he’ll solely be allowed to maneuver on if a superlicence for Herta is granted.
Herta just isn’t eligible for a superlicence underneath the present factors system, and rival team bosses have indicated that the FIA should stick to the rules and never make an exception for power majeure.
The 22-year-old is at present eighth within the 2022 standings with one spherical to go at Laguna Seca this weekend after what he admits has been a “fairly disappointing” season through which he is solely secured one victory on the Indianapolis street course.
Nonetheless Herta, who told Autosport that “it was a bit of a surprise to hear” of Red Bull’s interest in him, mentioned the data his IndyCar championship place counts towards factors for an FIA superlicense makes little distinction to his feelings.
“No, I used to be by no means targeted on that, feeling I would like most IndyCar factors to earn superlicense factors,” he defined to Autosport.
“I felt that pondering like that will damage in the long term. I used to be simply disillusioned with how issues went for us, whether or not it was in my management or out of my management.
“It was simply hurtful that week after week the workforce gave us good automobiles, often, and we didn’t or couldn’t maximise our alternatives. It was unhappy for all of us.”
Colton Herta, Andretti Autosport w/ Curb-Agajanian Honda
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Herta cites Lengthy Seashore, the Indianapolis 500 and the second race on the Indy street course because the occasions which have left him languishing by his requirements.
At Lengthy Seashore, after taking pole, he was jumped by a few automobiles in a pitstop sequence and crashed whereas operating third.
At IndyCar’s blue ribband, he began solely 25th after an engine let go on his first qualifying run, then suffered a shunt in Carb Day apply that turned him the wrong way up and left him with no extra monitor time to fine-tune his backup automotive earlier than the race. He retired his viciously free automotive on lap 129 and was categorized a mere 30th.
On IndyCar’s second go to to the IMS street course in July, he’d progressed from 16th to the lead when one other mechanical gremlin put him out.
“At Indy , after the primary engine let go, we didn’t have an opportunity to undergo the conditioning course of and get the brand new engine’s settings again the place we wished them, so which will have had so much to do with why we weren’t good in qualifying,” Herta mentioned.
“Lengthy Seashore was clearly someplace I completely tousled, may have had a podium there.
“After which within the second race on the Indy street course, I believe I had it, perhaps Alex [Rossi] would have caught me, however no matter, between us we had the quickest automobiles within the place.
“In order that’s three races the place we completed virtually lifeless final, and one in all them is price double-points. It was heartbreaking for the factors scenario.”