Herta case, Rahal Saab: ‘F1 doesn’t want American drivers, it’s just looking for our money’

The IndyCar champions rebelled in defense of their teammate sought by various teams, but are unable to get close to AlphaTauri (and others) because he does not have a premium license. Russian: ”

Mario Salvini


America’s rebels. As performances and suggestions about the Las Vegas GP, the third race that begins in November 2023, run through Twitter, IndyCar drivers unite and protest, jostling around Colton Herta, their teammate who at this point has become an icon. His name, even if you haven’t watched the US Open, you’ll have heard him in recent months. It was supposed to have entered the orbit of McLaren, which I tested last year. It was chosen with other names for Indy (Pato O’ Ward) and not only, but perhaps as a smokescreen, since, as soon as he had the chance, Zac Brown took Oscar Biestry to wear it. Along with Lando Norris.

Sedition via Twitter

But Hertha’s idea kept bouncing from garage to garage, and it seemed destined to make a stop at AlphaTauri, even with Helmut Marko’s blessing. Apparently, because at the time the hurdle of premium licensing seemed insurmountable. We’re talking about a 22-year-old driver who has won seven of 63 IndyCar races. He is the youngest player to win one, just days before turning 19 (at 18, 11 months and 28 days old). And that this year he finished 10th, with a win, in the Indianapolis GP (not to be confused with the 500 Miglia). Graham Rahal criticized Formula 1, defending his opponent to protect the entire class. The focus is largely on nationalism. He wrote on Twitter: “Formula 1 is elite sport. They don’t want us. Remember this. They want corporate America’s money, they want rich Americans’ money. The rest doesn’t matter. It has always been this way and always will be.”

Colton has the talent needed

Shortly afterwards, he added: “For those who say Colton didn’t take the chance: You’re off the track. He’s as talented as the others and more. He’s a certified winner. He’s made it to the top and he’s done a very good job. F1 has had paid drivers for years. Colton has nothing to envy. These are the facts.” Conor Daly responded with a note praising Jack Nicholson and Nicolas Cage, stating that they totally agree.

A Russian is protesting too

While Alexandre Rossi, winner of the 500 Miglia del Centenario and five-race F1 driver in 2015 with Marussia, added: “I can no longer remain silent. I am tired of hearing this Super License story. The premise (behind the Super License) is to prevent the first entrant, without Requirements, than to buy a seat in F1. And to make sure that talent prevails. And that’s right. We all agree that Colton has the talent and ability to stay in Formula One. And he should be able to seize the opportunity that has been presented to him. Motorsport is the most famous sport in the world. Where money can beat talent and defeat it. And that’s the big problem behind it all.”