Herta would probably do F1 if the opportunity arose

Had Andretti’s plan worked, Herta would have moved into F1 after being awarded an FIA super license and replaced on the IndyCar team at Andretti Autosport by its Indy Lights champion Kyle Kirkwood. Instead, Herta has remained in the #26 car that took him three wins last season, and Kirkwood will spend his rookie season with AJ Foyt Racing.

Asked about such a move, 21-year-old Herta stated: “I would be lying if I said that I don’t want to drive in Formula 1 and that I want to do a lot of things in my career.

“But it needs a certain timing. Formula 1 is one of those things. Unfortunately, when you’re 28 you don’t go to Formula 1. That’s just how it works. The time is right for me if I get the chance. I would have to think about it carefully, but I would most likely do it because I want to drive in Formula 1 one day.”

He added: “I’m 21 years old and I can come back in five years and still be in IndyCar for 15 years and be 40.

“Yeah, I definitely want to give it a shot if I get the chance. But absolutely not disappointed in IndyCar. I love this series more than any series in the world, and I really enjoy racing in it. But yeah, there are just a lot of things I would like to try outside of IndyCar in my racing career.”

Colton Herta, Andretti Autosport with Curb-Agajanian Honda

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Such eagerness for career diversity is something Herta has already demonstrated during IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship outings. He was an endurance extra for Rahal Letterman Lanigan BMW in the 2019 and 20 seasons, won the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona on his debut, and last year sat in Turner Motorsport’s BMW M6.

This weekend, he will compete in his fourth Rolex 24, but from the wheel of an LMP2 car, namely the DragonSpeed ​​entry, sharing with Eric Lux, new Andretti Autosport teammate Devlin DeFrancesco and former Indy Lights teammate, current IndyCar driver. ace and fellow potential F1 aspiring Pato O’Ward.

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Looking to the upcoming IndyCar season, Herta did not say for the first time that he was hungry for success on ovals, a track type on which his best finish to date was fourth place at Gateway in 2020. At the same time, he seemed destined for a circuit victory in 2021, but his car let him down.

“I think Gateway was our race to lose last year,” he said. “Unfortunately, with the half shaft breaking, it took us out a bit. Without it I thought we had a really good pace. We put in better fuel miles than anyone and drove off. Yes, it was our race to lose there, and unfortunately we did.

“You know, it showed the confidence I got on the ovals. I think Andretti struggled with that for a long time, short ovals. It’s good to see the teams making big gains there too.

He later added: “We’ve had so much speed on a number of different ovals at different times, but I’ve never been able to close… Texas I feel like I’ve always been kind of… 2019 I was there fast, but ever since then we just have trouble with that with the aeroscreen as a team. So work on that and focus clearly on Iowa right now. We have a test in Iowa later in the year, so it will be interesting.”

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