Herta has been extensively tipped for a seat at AlphaTauri subsequent season within the occasion of Pierre Gasly shifting to Alpine, however the seven-time IndyCar race-winner lacks the required superlicence factors to make the swap to F1.
With the FIA clear it will not change its guidelines to make an exception for Herta, Pink Bull has now given up on its makes an attempt to signal him and switched its attentions to Nyck de Vries after his Williams cameo at Monza, with Herta’s F1 prospects showing to be dashed.
Rossi stays the newest American driver to have raced in F1, finishing 5 grands prix for Manor within the 2015 season, and has been Herta’s team-mate on the Andretti Autosport IndyCar squad for the previous three seasons.
The 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner, who will transfer to the Arrow McLaren SP group subsequent season, wrote in a press release posted to social media that Herta “has the expertise and functionality to be in F1”.
Whereas supportive of the superlicence system’s premise, in stopping cash from being the first motivating issue behind signing drivers, Rossi mentioned that it was disgrace that it was wanted in any respect – saying “previous selections, whether or not out of greed or necessity” had created an pointless stumbling block.
It echoed feedback made by his new IndyCar group boss Zak Brown, who has run Herta in a year-old McLaren F1 automotive, who argued that “the entire licensing system must be reviewed”.
Writing that he was “so sick and bored with this forwards and backwards” relating to the superlicence system, Rossi mentioned: “The entire premise of it was to cease folks from shopping for their approach into F1 and permitting expertise to be the motivating issue. That is nice.
“All of us agree Colton has the expertise and functionality to be in F1. That is additionally nice and he ought to get that chance if it is provided to him. Interval.
Colton Herta, Andretti Autosport w/ Curb-Agajanian Honda
Photograph by: Jake Galstad / Motorsport Pictures
“Motorsport nonetheless stays as probably the most excessive profile sport on the earth the place cash can outweigh expertise.
“What’s disappointing and in my view, the basic downside, is that the sporting ingredient so typically took a backseat to the enterprise aspect that there needed to be a way put in place to ensure that sure groups to cease taking drivers solely primarily based on their monetary backing.
“In the end these previous selections, whether or not out of greed or necessity, is what value Colton the chance to make the choice for himself as to if he needed to change profession paths and race in F1. Not factors on a license.”
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