Red Bull planned to take Herta to DTM before ‘stepping up’ to F1

Red Bull planned to take Herta to DTM before ‘stepping up’ to F1

Red Bull had a plan in mind to make Colton Herta’s debut in their colors – or those of AlphaTauri – in this weekend’s DTM test at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg. It would have been, in a way, the official announcement of the American driver’s signing for F1 in 2023.

The idea was for the American driver to drive a third AF Corse Ferrari in this series. As we know, since last year two Ferraris have lined up in the DTM, one in the colors of Red Bull and the other in those of AlphaTauri, in the hands this year of Felipe Fraga and Nick Cassidy.

At the time, a request was made to the DTM directors to invite the driver, a proposal which was immediately accepted and would have been a great incentive for the test and aroused great media interest.

But the plan was abandoned when the numantine resistance of the other F1 teams to the granting of the Herta super license – the system excessively penalizes those who are not from the official F3/F2/F1 pyramid – caused the band. Herta for AlphaTauri next year.

Herta has already said that she will continue in the United States in IndyCar and that she does not want preferential treatment. And that he did not for a moment think of driving in minor series this winter to collect the super license points he lacked.

Herta has already raced in GT. He did it in the United States, with BMW, and even took part in the 24 Hours of Daytona, although for the past two years he has devoted himself exclusively to IndyCar.

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