In the wake of the Colton Herta turmoil, there are voices from the United States, in particular, to review F1’s advanced license points system. In the first place, this system was prompted by the fact that the current F1 world champion, Max Verstappen, made his F1 debut at the age of 17 without a driving licence.
Since 2016 it has been stipulated that a driver must gain 40 super license points in the relevant category in the last three years in order to obtain an F1 super license to race in F1.
This is also due to the fact that the FIA is cracking down on young, inexperienced drivers entering F1 after Max Verstappen signed a contract with Toro Rosso at the age of 17. This was to avoid heavily sponsored drivers occupying the F1 grid.
F1’s advanced license points system has come to light as Red Bull attempt to get Colton Herta into AlphaTauri F1. Colton Herta, who has seven wins in IndyCar, has just 32 F1 advanced license points. This raised a debate about whether the points awarded to the IndyCar placers are appropriate, along with whether the exception to recognize force majeure due to the new coronavirus should be applied.
McLaren’s Zak Brown, an American who races for the team in IndyCar, has questioned F1’s super-licensing system and called on the FIA to review the current rules.
“Someone like Colton or Pato has[O’Ward]or the F1 capable ‘IndyCar’ half field. Someone like Colton who wins a lot of IndyCar races is eligible for a super license. If you don’t have it, I think the senior license system needs to be reviewed.”
Zak Brown also claims that F1 world champions such as Kimi Raikkonen and Max Verstappen were not eligible for an F1 super license when they made their debut.
When Max Verstappen made his F1 debut with Toro Rosso in 2015, he could only earn 15 points under the current F1 Super License points system. And when Raikkonen first appeared on the F1 grid for Sauber in 2001, it should have been around 18 points. Raikkonen takes part in the season opener with a provisional licence.
“I don’t think Max Verstappen would have qualified for a super licence. I don’t think Kimi Raikkonen would have qualified for a super licence,” Zak Brown added.
Red Bull eventually stopped using Colton Herta in AlphaTauri F1 after the F1 super license was not issued.
When asked if Colton Herta could run for the McLaren F1 team in the future, Brown said: “We have no intention of ruling out Colton. But it will be in McLaren’s best interest rather than supporting AlphaTauri,” he said.
Alexander Rossi, the last American F1 driver to line up on the F1 grid, criticizes the number of paid drivers buying F1 seats in the past for the current situation.
Alexander Rossi, who ran five races for Manor in the 2015 season and was Colton Herta’s teammate at Andretti Autosport for the past three seasons, said Colt Herta “has the talent and ability to be in F1.'” he wrote on social media.
While supporting the premise of the F1 Superlicence points system which ensures that money is not the main motivation for F1 contracts with drivers, Alexander Rossi said it was a shame it was necessary, saying ‘greed or need’. , regardless of gender, have created unnecessary things.”
Alexander Rossi says he is ‘tired of this back and forth’ about F1’s super-licensing system.
“The whole premise was to stop people buying their way into F1 and allow talent to be the driving factor, which is great,” he said.
“We all agree that Colton has the talent and ability to be in Formula 1. He is also great and if he gets an offer, he should take the opportunity.”
“It’s a shame, and the fundamental problem, in my opinion, is that the sporting element has often been an afterthought on the business side. Some teams recruit drivers purely on the basis of financial support. we must take appropriate action to stop it.”
“Whether greedy or out of necessity, these decisions in the past ultimately cost Colton the opportunity to decide for himself whether he wanted to change his career path and race in Formula 1 . It’s not a license point.”
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