Herta hopes to replace Ricciardo at McLaren in the future

Herta hopes to replace Ricciardo at McLaren in the future


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if formula 1 escaped from Colton Herta in 2022, the American still hopes to reach the World Cup in 2024 and McLaren. Daniel Ricciardo continues to fight it Lando Norrisand the pilot is one of those already looking at the Australian scene.

Ricciardo scored just 11 points this year compared to 35 for Norris, who even opened 4-0 in the standings. In the coming months, Herta will participate in a private pilot program and MCL35MMcLaren car in 2021, and I already have dreams for the future To work.

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“If Ricciardo keeps moving forward, maybe I won’t get this opportunity,” Herta said in an interview with IndyStar. “I hope Lando kicks your ass a little more so you at least have a chance.”

“Of course I don’t wish anyone bad, I don’t understand his tragedy. If he gives results, good for him, he deserves that chance. I think everything is in his hands for the future, but deep down. I hope to get that opportunity, at least put my foot in the door and show what I can do.”

Even the Herta-Norris duo would not be unusual: the pair raced for Carlin in 2015 in the then MSA Formula, now British F4, with Norris and Herta champion in third.

Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL36

Photo by: Carl Bingham / Sports Pictures

The American almost entered F1 when Andretti almost buy Sauber. Michael Andretti makes no secret that Colton is still part of the company’s plans. Andretti Autosport by category.

“It was the craziest year of my life. I really thought I was going to come back [para a Indy], I didn’t know when. I don’t want to race in F1 for the rest of my life and retire. I want to get back, so I can run 500 miles and a full season again.”

“But I thought I was going [para a F1]I thought it was almost the same, although deep down I thought I still wasn’t sure of the contract and that everything was surreal, but for a while I thought we had done it, and then everything fell apart”.

“People said the odds of that happening were 50, 60%. Actually, it was closer than that.”

If the deal was completed, Herta would race against time, doing free practice in Austin, Mexico and Interlagos to earn Superlicence points. But for that, he would still need 300 kilometers in personal training. The test at Fiorano with Ferrari did not take place.

“In the end, I don’t think even Ferrari had a car for him, but they left the door open. We were doing our best, more than people know. But everything started to fall apart.”

Colton Herta Beat, Andretti Autosport w/ Curb-Agajanian Honda

Colton Herta Beat, Andretti Autosport w/ Curb-Agajanian Honda

Photo by: Richard Dole / Sports Pictures

In any case, the 22-year-old believes that Andretti made the right decision by not accepting the terms of purchase set by Sauber.

“Michael [Andretti] and Dan [Towriss, CEO da Gainbrige, empresa patrocinadora] They did everything they could in this situation, but there was no way to force it. It was not a good deal. Michael was fired from this business.”

Of course, there is sadness about the move made by Alfa Romeo in 2022. Used at the back of the grid, the team has already finished three times in the top 8 thanks to Valtteri Bottas.

“It hurts a little now to see how well they’re doing this year, but it wasn’t my destiny. And to be honest, it’s a good thing it didn’t happen and they didn’t try to push it.”

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