IndyCar front-runner Herta has emerged as a contender for the AlphaTauri seat next season and Red Bull is keen to capitalise on the impact his move to F1 could have on the US market.
But since Herta doesn’t have enough Super Licence points to automatically qualify, the Red Bull campaign has worked hard to get Herta exempt in the event of force majeure.
Motorsport’s governing body is currently weighing whether there is a reason to grant Hertha a superlicense, but some aspects of the F1 paddock are opposed to the idea. This would set a bad precedent and could diminish the appeal of the FIA’s traditional F3 and F2 ladders.
Domenicali shares this concern, while he understands the potential benefits of having an American driver and sees the potential risk of having a long-running super-licensing standard
in Ahead of the Italian Grand Prix, Domenicali warned that the FIA’s final decision on Hertha would have wider implications.
“It’s clear that an American driver can generate a lot of interest in a market that’s growing fast right now, like the U.S.,” he said.
“However, today, entry into Formula 1 is associated with having to comply with the sporting rules and these parameters that determine the possibility of obtaining a super license.
“The credibility of the system is threatened. The FIA is doing an assessment and that’s their business. ”
Colton Herta, Andretti Autosport w/ Curb-Agajanian Honda
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While he has reservations about the super-licensing decision, Domenicali says if Hertha get the right points , F1 will finally be happy to see Hertha in the Grand Prix.
“If Hertha has the necessary numbers to compete in Formula 1, we will be happy and welcome him with open arms,” he said .
“Then it’s up to him to prove that his experience in a different category than F1 will allow him to adapt. “
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The FIA’s decision not to grant an exemption to Herta could have a significant impact on the driver’s market in 2023.
Red Bull It has been made clear that if Herta joins, it will only release Pierre Gasly to the Alpine board, so if the Americans stay in IndyCar then that could mean nothing has changed for AlphaTauri.
Alpine Still weighing its best option as Esteban Ocon’s teammate in 2023.
There are signs that the Gasly option is going cold anyway, preferring to go a different route.
This could include seasoned drivers like Mick Schumacher or Daniel Ricciardo, but it has been suggested that it leans towards rookie options such as its junior drivers Jack Doohan or Nick DeVries.