F1.  Colton Herta at the wheel of Alpine

F1. Colton Herta at the wheel of Alpine

An IndyCar player is being tested on the squad AlphaTauri for the Formula 1 season 2023, where he would replace Pierre Gasly, who would move Alpine.

Herta’s chances of making his F1 debut, however, depend on his advanced licence. Red Bull asked the FIA ​​for a special issue on this issue, as the American has only 32 points out of 40 required to receive a document that allows him to compete in the queen of motorsport.

Despite lobbying from Red Bull, there are indications that the FIA ​​will not grant Herta an advanced license, fearing the unintended consequences that such a move could have in the future.

The biggest concern is that drivers may be discouraged from considering competition in the junior F2 and F3 categories if there is any chance of entry into Formula 1 by a different route.

Although things are not looking good for Herta, this has not stopped Red Bull from continuing their preparations for this driver’s appearance in F1, which ended the InydCar 2022 campaign in tenth place.

Motorsport.com sources revealed that after the IndyCar season ends, Herta’s personal test is expected to use the old Alpine car.

Nyck de Vries will also be present at the planned trips to the Hungaroring ahead of the Singapore GP as part of an assessment of his potential as Esteban Ocon’s partner next year. Jack Doohan will also ride.

As for Herta, he is not a candidate for that position Fernando Alonso in the season of 2023. It is part of the process of evaluating the skills that Alpine has given to AlphaTauri. Such cooperation between the teams seems strange, but the French team is very interested in the future of the American in the context of bringing Pierre Gasly to him, who would give him a place in the Red Bull series.

Alpine does not confirm who will be at the Hungaroring. A team spokesman said: “We do not comment on individual tests.”

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In addition to the Alpine trips, Herta still hopes to complete Friday practice in the McLaren car this year as part of one of the F1 race weekends, which was suggested some time ago but has not yet been confirmed.

McLaren director Zak Brown, in relation to the above, said: – I wouldn’t rule out Colton’s ride, but everything we do will be for the benefit of McLaren and not to help AlphaTauri.

It is also possible to give one of the sessions on Friday to the future driver of the British firm – Oscar Piastri, if the Australian is prematurely released from the contract with Alpine.

“We’re still developing the current car, so there’s a chance we’ll put a rookie in it as we look at new equipment,” added Brown. – However, we are already in the second half of the year and there are only six races ahead of us. It is not yet clear whether we will give space to one or two drivers. It will turn around in a few weeks.

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