Red Bull Motorsport chief Helmut Marko has been seeking a deal to bring Hertha to his stabled driver and put him on the sister team Alpha Tauri for next season, as a potential replacement for Pierre Gasly who has been linked with the now vacant seat at Alpine, following Fernando Alonso’s surprise move to Aston Martin for 2023. .
Herta, 22, is the youngest driver to win an IndyCar race ever, and has racked up seven series victories since 2019. And with Formula 1 booming in popularity in the US – with three Grand Prix scheduled in America next season – an American driver could have The move to F1 would be the next step in the growth of the sport in the United States.
But despite his IndyCar win percentages, Herta doesn’t have the required 40 Super License points that would allow him to race in Formual 1.
It was said that Red Bull was trying to find a way around this restriction so that the Californian would become Yuki Tsunoda’s teammate next season.
A spokesperson said: “The FIA confirms that an investigation was conducted through the appropriate channels which led to the FIA confirming that driver Colton Herta did not have the required number of points to be awarded the FIA Super Licence.
“The FIA is constantly reviewing its regulations and procedures, including with regard to super license eligibility, taking into account the key factors in relation to this topic of safety, experience and performance in the course of the track.”
The statement appears to end Red Bull’s hopes of signing Hertha for next season – which could also dampen Alpine’s hopes of luring Gasly away from AlphaTauri, with Red Bull boss Christian Horner saying they will only release the Frenchman. If they had another option lined up to replace it.
“he is [Gasly] He is the Red Bull Racing driver on loan to AlphaTauri. There are a lot of moving panels at the moment, which we’re following with interest. We’ll see how it fades, there are a few moving plates… You wouldn’t fire Pierre if you didn’t have something sexy to put in that car,” he said.