Herta: Missed IndyCar points opportunities not aggravated by F1 super licensing situation


The Andretti TBEN driver has been linked with a move to F1 in 2023 and has been courted by AlphaTauri as Pierre Gasly has been linked with a move to Alpine to replace Fernando Alonso, but TBEN understands he will be allowed to alone continue if a super license is granted to Herta.

Herta is not eligible for a super license under the current points system and rival team bosses have indicated that the FIA ​​must abide by the rules and not make an exception for force majeure.

The 22-year-old is currently eighth in the 2022 standings with one lap to go at Laguna Seca this weekend after admitting it was a “pretty disappointing” season in which he took just one win on the Indianapolis road course.

However, Herta told TBEN that knowing his position in the IndyCar championship counts towards points towards an FIA super license makes little difference to his emotions.

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“No, I was never focused on that because I felt like I needed maximum IndyCar points to earn super license points,” he said.

“I felt that thinking like that would hurt in the long run. I was just disappointed with how we were doing whether it was in my power or out of my control.

“It was just painful that the team gave us good cars week after week, most of the time, and we didn’t or couldn’t maximize our chances. It was sad for all of us.”

Colton Herta, Andretti TBEN with Curb-Agajanian Honda

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Herta cites Long Beach, the Indianapolis 500 and the second race at the Indy circuit as the events that have left him languishing by his standards.

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At Long Beach, after taking pole, he was jumped by a couple of cars in a series of pit stops and crashed while finishing third.

At the IndyCar blue rib band, he didn’t start until 25th after an engine let go of his first qualifying run, then got a shunt during Carb Day practice that turned him upside down and gave him no more track time to start his backup car. fine-tune before the start of the race. race. He took out his viciously loose car on lap 129 and was only classified 30th.

On IndyCar’s second visit to the IMS track in July, he had risen from 16th to the lead when another mechanical gremlin knocked him out.

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“At Indy [500]after the first engine let go, we didn’t have a chance to go through the conditioning process and get the new engine’s settings back where we wanted them, so that may have had a lot to do with why we weren’t good at qualifying,” he said. herta.

“Long Beach was clearly somewhere I totally screwed up, I could have had a stage there.

“And then, in the second race on the Indy road course, I think I had it, maybe Alex [Rossi] would have caught me, but whatever, between us we had the fastest cars in the place.

“So that’s three races where we almost finished last, and one of them is worth double points. It was heartbreaking for the points situation.”