Red Bull F1 motorsport adviser Helmut Marko says plans to use Colton Herta for Alpha Tauri F1 in 2023 are unlikely to happen and the F1 super license system needs to be reconsidered.
Not only some F1 teams, but also F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali and the FIA (Federation Internationale de l’Automobile) have taken strict measures to allow IndyCar driver Colton Herta to make his F1 debut at AlphaTauri in 2023. apparently uninterested in bending the existing eligibility criteria.
Others suspect that Pierre Gasly was “sick” and did not appear at the Monza circuit on Thursday to avoid media fervor over Corton Herta speculation.
However, Red Bull F1 motorsport adviser Helmut Marko has suggested that Colton Herta’s inability to make the move to F1 is a flaw in the current system.
“The really fast racing cars are in IndyCar and Japanese Super Formula, where there’s a lot of internal competition, which are clearly underrated compared to the junior series,” Marko told Auto Motor und Sport.
But it is also clear that Red Bull is only looking to the exciting US market to replace Pierre Gasly as none of its junior drivers are ready to move up to F1.
Helmut Marko is said to be disappointed with the Red Bull-backed F2 campaigns of Liam Lawson, Ewan Darbala and Yuri Bips.
Helmut Marko also said of Japan’s Ayumu Iwasa: “He needs a second F2 season.”
The same can be said for F3’s Isaac Hajar, but Helmut Marko said he had high hopes for the 17-year-old Frenchman to become “a driver like Prost”.
For these reasons, Helmut Marko says the FIA is pushing for an exception for Colton Herta, who is clearly ready to move on to F1.
“Formula 1 will also be happy to have Americans,” said Helmut Marko.
But if Colton Herta doesn’t get the nod, which means Pierre Gasly doesn’t move to Alpine, maybe new F2 champion Felipe Dolgovic is the favorite for a seat in the Renault-owned Alpine F1 team. .
While reportedly backed by one of Brazil’s big banks as well as Renault, Mercedes-backed Nick de Vries recently met with Alpine F1 team management at Zandvoort.