Ferrari opposes FIA granting Herta F1 super license – Motorsport Week

Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto says he is strongly opposed to the idea of ​​giving Colton Herta a Formula 1 super license by force majeure.

Red Bull is currently seeking a super license exemption for Herta, in order to place him in the AlphaTauri team for 2023.

This, in turn, would likely see Pierre Gasly move to Alpine to replace departing Fernando Alonso.

Herta is yet to acquire the 40 super license points required to compete in F1, having spent the past three seasons racing in IndyCar.

Herta’s chances of getting the Super License are believed to be dwindling, with Binotto expressing his disapproval of possible FIA ​​intervention.

“I think force majeure cannot be used for Herta,” Binotto said. “It will be a completely wrong approach.

“Regulations are in place to protect our sports and to ensure that we are making the right process and the right choices for our sport itself.

“In order for Herta to be able to participate in the championship, [when] it has what are the requirements to do it and not differently. So I think it is very important and we will certainly see what the FIA ​​will do in this regard.

“And I think every team will because it’s for the importance of our sport.”

Herta has won seven IndyCar races during his time in the series and currently competes for Andretti Autosport.

Herta admitted surprise at being linked with AlphaTauri, with the 22-year-old earning praise from Red Bull team boss Christian Horner.

AlphaTauri team principal Franz Tost said his team will fully comply with FIA requirements and are willing to field him in practice sessions during the second half of the season.

“It’s a question you have to ask the FIA ​​because there’s a regulation and if the FIA ​​wants to change anything then that’s one side,” he said of the Super License. from Herta.

“We, on our side, will of course support him. If it is necessary to run in FP1, we will run it in FP1. Yes, we will do whatever is requested.

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