Red Bull’s sister team AlphaTauri were linked considerably with a move for the American driver earlier this month but that potential switch from IndyCar to F1 for Herta now looks to be off of the table, at least for now.
Indeed, he only has 32 points out of the required 40 you need to attain the FIA Super Licence required to drive and compete in the Formula 1 world championship and it’s been ruled that he could not join the series for 2023 as things stand.
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That caused quite the storm across the pond with many feeling as though IndyCar is underweighted in the points system that the FIA has in place, and it would appear that Horner would echo those sentiments, with him telling the Beyond the Grid podcast before it was fully understood that Red Bull had stopped their pursuit of Herta:
“America is a huge market and we’re seeing that growth in the sport. It would be great to give arguably the best current American driver an opportunity in Formula 1.
“We’ll have to respect the FIA’s stance, at the end of the day that’s down to the FIA to look at. I know that they’re doing that but we’ll accept whichever decision they come up with. But it’s something that needs looking at because it shouldn’t be so hard for drivers to transition from America’s premier series into Formula 1.”
What next for AlphaTauri?
It appeared quite clear that AlphaTauri wanted to bring in Herta for 2023 but that is now not going to be happening by the looks of things.
Yuki Tsunoda signed a new contract with them for next season earlier this week so he is definitely staying, which is more than can be said for Pierre Gasly across the garage.
The Frenchman has a contract with the team for next year but Alpine are being relentlessly linked with wanting to sign him up to partner Esteban Ocon, which then means AlphaTauri need to have an alternative in mind.
There are suggestions that could be Nyck de Vries, with Helmut Marko holding talks with him in Austria, but things still need to fall into place.