Herta has been broadly tipped for a seat at AlphaTauri subsequent season within the occasion of Pierre Gasly transferring to Alpine, however the seven-time IndyCar race-winner lacks the required superlicence factors to make the swap to F1.
With the FIA clear it would not change its rules to make an exception for Herta, Red Bull has now given up on its attempts to sign him and switched its attentions to Nyck de Vries after his Williams cameo at Monza, with Herta’s F1 prospects showing to be dashed.
Rossi stays the latest American driver to have raced in F1, finishing 5 grands prix for Manor within the 2015 season, and has been Herta’s team-mate on the Andretti Autosport IndyCar squad for the previous three seasons.
The 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner, who will transfer to the Arrow McLaren SP group subsequent season, wrote in a press release posted to social media that Herta “has the expertise and functionality to be in F1”.
Whereas supportive of the superlicence system’s premise, in stopping cash from being the first motivating issue behind signing drivers, Rossi stated that it was disgrace that it was wanted in any respect – saying “previous selections, whether or not out of greed or necessity” had created an pointless stumbling block.
It echoed comments made by his new IndyCar team boss Zak Brown, who has run Herta in a year-old McLaren F1 automotive, who argued that “the entire licensing system must be reviewed”.
Writing that he was “so sick and uninterested in this forwards and backwards” concerning the superlicence system, Rossi stated: “The entire premise of it was to cease individuals from shopping for their manner into F1 and permitting expertise to be the motivating issue. That is nice.
“All of us agree Colton has the expertise and functionality to be in F1. That is additionally nice and he ought to get that chance if it is supplied to him. Interval.
Colton Herta, Andretti Autosport w/ Curb-Agajanian Honda
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“Motorsport nonetheless stays as essentially the most excessive profile sport on the planet the place cash can outweigh expertise.
“What’s disappointing and in my view, the elemental drawback, is that the sporting ingredient so usually took a backseat to the enterprise facet that there needed to be a technique put in place to ensure that sure groups to cease taking drivers solely based mostly on their monetary backing.
“Finally these previous selections, whether or not out of greed or necessity, is what value Colton the chance to make the choice for himself as to if he needed to change profession paths and race in F1. Not factors on a license.”