In a bid to make their mark on the illustrious Formula 1 grid, Andretti is actively considering IndyCar sensation Colton Herta. As reported by AP News, the American outfit is determined to secure a spot in the world of F1, with their preparations already in motion.
This year, four teams aspired to join the Formula 1 grid, yet only Andretti remains in contention. Hitech, Rodin, and LKYSUNZ faced rejection, leaving Andretti as the sole constructor with hopes of entering the pinnacle of motor racing in the next few years. The uncertainty looms as existing teams are far from unanimous on welcoming new entrants into the sport.
While official confirmation is pending, Andretti is actively strategizing for its F1 venture, eyeing Colton Herta as a potential driver. In their pursuit of establishing a “true American team,” Andretti aims to bring the 23-year-old IndyCar talent into the fold.
Despite not being a household name outside of IndyCar, Colton Herta boasts impressive racing credentials at the age of 23. As the son of IndyCar and Champ Car driver Bryan Herta, he has participated in 82 IndyCar races, securing seven victories, 12 podium finishes, and 11 pole positions. Mario Andretti, expressing confidence in Herta’s abilities, remarked, “The kid is for real,” drawing parallels to his past endorsements of Max Verstappen and Sebastian Vettel.
Given that Herta already drives for Andretti in IndyCar, a transition to F1 could be logistically smoother. However, the report suggests that substantial testing hours would be essential to acclimate to the demands of Formula 1. Andretti faces opposition and challenges in securing their spot on the grid but remains poised to act swiftly once the green light is given.
The addition of more teams to the Formula 1 grid is viewed positively, and the entry of another American team, Andretti, could infuse new excitement into the sport. While concerns exist about the distribution of prize money among additional constructors, the heightened interest generated by Andretti’s participation could offset such worries. Ultimately, fans yearn for more competitive racing, and Andretti’s potential entry could fulfill that desire.