In summary: IndyCar driver Colton Herta has entered Formula 1 by scoring FIA Superlicence points in the Formula Regional Americas series.
Regional plan of Herta Formula
Hertha was one of Alfa Romeo’s F1 drivers for 2023, but the FIA rejected the multiple IndyCar race winner’s bid to enter the series as he did not earn enough SuperLeague points from 2019. He has won seven IndyCar races in that time, but a closely-fought 2022 season could see him finish tenth in the standings, leaving him eight points short of qualifying for F1.
In an effort to score more points, Hertha’s father approached the Formula Regional America Championship about entering his son in the fourth-place category. “Brian Hertha wanted to call me before Toronto in July of this year to see if he could get it. [his son] “Colton came to our regional series to run because he needed more qualifying points,” series race director Scott Goodyear said on the Racer to Racer podcast.
“We were approving it from a series point of view, and our management team definitely approved it, but we couldn’t get permission from the FIA to run that and run in the series, just to collect some points. So it was difficult.
“The teams and drivers at Efregional were very happy because they thought someone of Colton’s caliber was going to run at Efregional and they had a real chance to see how their skills could match up against one of the best drivers. FIA protocol [stopped him]He said.
However, an FIA spokesperson told Race Fans that they were not aware of any formal request to the governing body regarding Efriginal’s entry Hertha, adding that “IndyCar and Efriginal Americas run on the same calendar period” as they could have requested a superlicence. Points from that series or IndyCar.
With six races contested in the final two rounds of the IndyCar season, Hertha could have finished third in the standings and qualified for the top flight if they had won it all – but that was highly unlikely. They.
Ferrari’s potential 2023 engine profit
Despite the restrictions on development, Ferrari has already taken a performance step forward from its rivals in the 2023 power unit, reports La Gazzetta dello Sport.
Solving the team’s reliability problems last year has allowed Ferrari to unlock 30bhp from the 066/7 engine, it believes, while Mercedes has gained 16bhp and Red Bull’s former Honda division has an extra 10bhp. Alpine Renault power units have been tuned without increasing power output.
Alpine to train the next British F4 champion
The 2023 British Formula 4 champion will receive a year’s physical training from the Alpine F1 team in the gymnasium at Enstone’s headquarters.
A tailored fitness program is one of many rewards for the champion as he will shadow McLaren at the 2024 British Grand Prix and test a Fregional car paid for by one of the British F4 series partners.
Ferrari announces starters for 2023
The Ferrari Driver Academy has unveiled its 2023 class, with the only new change being the departure of Robert Schwartzman. The 2021 Formula 2 runner-up is likely to remain part of the Ferrari F1 team, having been their test driver last year, but has left the junior ranks with IndyCar driver Callum Ilott, who spends 2022 on a gap year from the academy.
Two of the FDA’s eight drivers are new additions, joining the academy after winning the shootout last year. World karting champion Tukka Tapponen won the FDA World Scout Final and Aurelia Nobels won the FIA Women in Motorsport Commissions Girls on Track Rising Stars programme. Both have already been announced.
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