FIA studies awarding Colton Herta F1 super license

FIA studies awarding Colton Herta F1 super license

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In addition to his current IndyCar commitments, Colton’s Heart He has a test driver contract with McLaren and actually drove one of their 2021 cars at Portimao last month.

However, the director of motorsports of the Red Bull structure, Helmut Markooffered him as an AlphaTauri rider if, for example, Pierre Gasly is signed by Alpine.

However, the American still doesn’t have the 40 points to get the super license.

It is clear that Formula 1 and all parties concerned are interested in having an American driver on the grid, given the growing interest of the American country in the category, but the FIA You’ll have to be careful not to set a dangerous precedent just to help herta.

A paddock source closely associated with young drivers told “If he gets the licence, we could all stop investing in F3 and F2.

In fact, Colton Herta is also not far from the necessary points, since the races of the Indycar have a relatively high weight to obtain the great license.

Following the arrival of COVID-19, drivers can add their top three scores from the previous four seasons to their app, which would mean herta could count on the period between 2019 and 2022.

The American earned four points from seventh place in IndyCar in 2019, 20 for finishing third in 2020 and eight after finishing fifth in 2021, adding a total of 32 points.

With two rounds remaining in the 2022 season, he sits in 10th position, with 8th being his best possible finish, so he won’t add to any of his top three finishes.

He could also earn an extra point for taking part in any FP1 session he does by the end of this campaign, as long as he covers more than 100km and receives no penalty points.

The American could thus add up to 10 points, since the IndyCar reaches its end of the season the same weekend as the Italian GP, ​​so any track outing with Alpha Tauri it could, in theory, take place in the last six races of the year.

This would give a total of 38 points to hertaalthough, realistically, the team is unlikely to be able to organize such a program.


However, the FIA ​​has given itself some leeway, as an ISC clause states that the super license could be awarded to a driver who fails to obtain it through points, but reflects that in any case , there should be “achieved a minimum of 30, being judged by the FIA ​​as unable to obtain more points under any of the conditions, while participating in one or more of the championships listed to achieve the same, due to independent circumstances of his will or for reasons of aged force”.

Force majeure could be useful if herta ask for a full super license and not the Friday version given to drivers who only race in FP1 sessions. This would open the range of results that can be drawn over four seasons, i.e. the period from 2018 to 2021.

He finished second at Indy Lights in 2018, a performance that should theoretically be worth 12 points.

Unfortunately for the American, the series had only eight regulars, which is therefore not enough to meet the criteria of the FIA Regarding the super license.

However, if the governing body decides to count these points after all (for example, because the lack of registrations was beyond its control), it could add 12 in 2018, 20 in 2020 and eight in 2021, i.e. one total of 40, which is exactly what I would need.

However, this scenario seems to depend on Alpha Tauriwhich should leave him at least one free practice session before the end of the course, which would amount to leaving him on the bench during an FP1 gaseous or Yuki Tsunoda in one of the last rounds of the season.

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