Formula 1 – crazy: Alpine tests Herta so that Gasly comes

Will Formula 1 get its Ami or not? The tug of war for IndyCar star Colton Herta goes into the next round: According to the current status, the 22-year-old is seven points short of qualifying for the super license required in the premier class. The FIA ​​had recently made it clear that it did not want to make any exceptions – but according to Red Bull motorsport consultant Helmut Marko, who wants to guide Herta to AlphaTauri, the last word has not yet been spoken.
“The topic is a bit complex, but there is an extra rule because of Corona and also the so-called Force Majeure (force majeure; ed.),” explains Marko. “It’s just a race where the necessary number of starters wasn’t at the start and that’s why he didn’t get the full points,” reveals the Austrian in relation to Herta and adds: “We think it’s not in the power of the driver and that it should therefore actually be decided in the interest of the sport.”

Getting closer to F1: Colton Herta in the paddock at the Miami GP

Marko also defends himself against the allegations made by Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto, among others, that Red Bull is trying to obtain special preference for its candidate: “It’s not about twisting or introducing a new rule, as some competitors claim. But it’s all about a place and of course everyone fights there,” said Marko.

The Red Bull boss dropped the most explosive information on Sunday in Monza in a subordinate clause: “We were assured that Colton will complete an F1 test in Hungary with Alpine. After that we should then have a decision.”

Drivers’ market: tug of war for Gasly and Herta

A curious situation: Mutual favors are rare in the shark tank of Formula 1, that one competitor helps the other anyway. What sounds like a highly unusual process at first glance makes sense at second glance: Alpine is anything but altruistic.

The French want to free Pierre Gasly from AlphaTauri. But they only get their compatriot for a high fee and if Red Bull’s B-Team can commit the right replacement candidate in return: The Thai majority shareholders have chosen Herta as the shower manufacturer’s candidate, who, in addition to his driving talent on the important US market is intended to function literally as a can opener.

Test in the McLaren: Herta was allowed to drive in Formula 1 in Portimao

In addition: The test days in a 2021 car in Budapest, which are to take place before the Singapore GP, are obviously the test program that Alpine had actually planned for Oscar Piastri. As is well known, the junior of the French became unfaithful in the summer and switched to McLaren with a lot of media fanfare and mutual blame.

Spicy: Ironically, Herta completed his first F1 test in Portimao with the team from Woking in July, and was also on the shortlist for the racing cockpit alongside Lando Norris, who ultimately got Piastri. Because the Australian fell out of favor with Alpine due to his departure, Herta is now benefiting from it elsewhere.

Villeneuve warns: Just not Ocon and Gasly

Alpine, on the other hand, is trying to minimize the damage caused by its own failures on the driver market this year with the Herta Gasly deal. As a reminder: double world champion Fernando Alonso felt held out and surprisingly left the team in the direction of Aston Martin, after which Alpine was also caught cold by Piastri’s signature at McLaren.

Alpine in front of AlphaTauri: Now there is a crazy deal

With a Gasly obligation, Alpine boss Laurent Rossi hopes to at least appease those responsible for Renault and the French public: Two Grand Prix winners from the ‘Grande Nation’ in their own ranks, that would finally make the sports car manufacturer from Dieppe make the French national team Formula 1.

But there is a catch: Ocon and Gasly come from the same region, are the same age and have been bitter favorite rivals since karting days: “The two can’t stand each other. Just don’t bring them together!”, therefore judges ex-world champion Jacques Villeneuve . The French Canadian doesn’t think anything of Alpine’s idea at all: “It doesn’t make any sense, especially since Gasly is under contract and you have to move mountains to get him.”

The latter seems to be completely irrelevant to Alpine after the driver fiasco of the summer. This is proven not least by the test for Hertra and competitor AlphaTauri.

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