Zak Brown says the super-licensing system should be reviewed, amid controversy surrounding IndyCar star Colton Herta’s eligibility to race in F1.
Red Bull are keen to give Herta a drive at AlphaTauri in 2023 as part of Alpine’s drive to sign Pierre Gasly. However, the Andretti Autosport driver is 8 points away from the 40 points required to obtain a super-licence, mainly due to the fact that he drives IndyCar.
This has led Red Bull to lobby the governing body for a waiver, arguing that Herta’s IndyCar record speaks in its favour. But several F1 teams, including Mercedes and Ferrari, as well as F1 chief executive Stefano Domenicali have expressed opposition to the FIA making an exception for Herta.
Zak Brown, for his part, is in favor of the FIA showing a little flexibility regarding a particular situation, otherwise it would have to undertake a complete reform of the super-licensing process.
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“Mohamed Ben Sulayem, the new FIA president, is looking at a lot of things he inherited and I think the whole licensing system needs to be looked at”Brown said, speaking to RACER during last weekend’s IndyCar Finals at Laguna Seca.
“I understand that you have to respect the rules. But I wonder if the ones that are in place now are the right ones”he said.
“Someone of the caliber of Colton or Pato O’Ward, or even half of the IndyCar field, is capable of racing in Formula 1. So no one is certain yet of the final decision of the FIA for Colton »
“But I think if someone like him, who has won a lot of IndyCar races, is not eligible for a super license, then I think we have to reform the system”adds Zak.