‘We will not be pressured by any teams into decisions,’ FIA spokesperson asserts as Colton Herta’s F1 dreams come to an end

The FIA stated that Red Bull’s request to grant Indycar Hotshot Colton Herta an exemption on the super license has been denied.

Colton Herta
Colton Herta

There were massive strides of reports that connected Colton Herta to a Formula 1 seat next year. The most prominent ones linked him to a deal with Red Bull in order yo grab a seat at AlphaTauri for the 2023 season where the team was ready to accept an offer from Alpine to take on Pierre Gasly for next season. However the whole fiasco looks like it has come to a stop with FIA’s latest decision.

To attain a FIA super license which is necessary to compete in F1, one needs to have 40 super license points from other categories. After finishing his 2022 campaign in Indycar, Colton Herta had amassed a total of 32 points and just fell short by 8.

After looking at his success in the series that he had competed in, Red Bull felt that it was necessary to hire this young talented driver for their academy. However, Red Bulls request for an exemption was immediately greeted with distress from other F1 teams.

They argued that Colton Herta being granted an exemption would have an impact on other categories too wherein the matter became immensely political. All this led to the FIA refusing to submit to the external pressure posed at them and further went on to release a statement on the same topic.

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“The FIA President has implemented robust governance,” Colton Herta’s F1 Super license dream comes to an end

Colton Herta
Colton Herta

F1’s governing body went on to give a brief explanation through a representative. “The FIA will not be pressured by any teams into decisions on matters such as superlicence points. The FIA President has implemented robust governance, and we will abide by that,” he said.

“The FIA confirms that an enquiry was made via the appropriate channels that led to the FIA confirming that the driver Colton Herta does not have the required number of points to be granted an FIA superlicence,” he continued.

“The FIA continuously reviews its regulations and procedures, including with respect to superlicence eligibility, with the main factors being considered with respect to this topic being safety, experience and performance in the context of the pathway,” he concluded.

Colton Herta received a lot of support from all his fellow competitors in Indycar along with many fans which was a wholesome moment but it shouldn’t distract us from the fact that the real reason that the super license rules were made was to push real talent and not money indulged racers. Although it is clear that the FIA needs to revise their rules as they just lost the chance to sign a promising talent in the sport.

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A professional endurance cyclist, mountain biker, action sports photographer and the Winner of the Redbull 22' Jumpstart event, it's safe to say that Varad Joshi loves to fully send it in life. An avid fan of Formula One and MotoGP, he currently resides in Pune city. He has worked with some big names to bring Underground Car culture to India and also organises Formula One race screenings in Pune.