IndyCar race winner Herta has been touted as the next American to take the plunge and leave IndyCar behind for F1 amid reports that his IndyCar team Andretti Autosport is on the verge of taking over the Alfa Romeo F1 team.
Herta’s IndyCar rival Pato O’Ward believes the 21-year-old has what it takes to be successful in Formula 1, while former IndyCar racer Danica Patrick also supported the idea that Herta would cross the pond.
Alonso also holds Herta in high esteem after seeing him up close as the Spaniard contested the 2020 Indianapolis 500 to complete the motorsport triple crown.
However, when asked for his opinion on the Californian ahead of the US Grand Prix in Austin, the two-time F1 world champion and two-time Le Mans 24-hour winner also pointed out that there are many high-quality championships outside of F1, in those Herta with The 21-year-old is well positioned to be an IndyCar title contender for many years to come.
“I think he’s a very good driver, very talented,” said Alonso.
“He will certainly fit in well with Formula One, but each of us has a different plan for our career and I don’t know what Colton has on his mind at the moment because I’m sure he’s happy with IndyCar.” .
“Just like Alex Palou, who won the championship this year. He’s very committed to US racing and enjoys driving here in the States.
“You know, motorsport is a lot more than Formula 1. While some people here in this bubble think this is the top, which is probably the top, there are other super categories out there.”
Colton Herta, Andretti Autosport w / Curb-Agajanian Honda, celebrates in Victory Lane
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While Alonso downplayed long-held beliefs in the IndyCar paddock that local drivers are underestimated in Europe, the two-time world champion believes that the championship deserves more FIA ââsuper license points.
Americaâs leading open wheel series is located between the F1âs Formula 2 and Formula 3 feeder series.
Herta, which has finished seventh, third and fifth for the past three seasons, is currently lacking the required number of points to qualify for an F1 place in 2022 unless the FIA ââmade arrangements.
“I think we all respect [IndyCar drivers] a lot, or I do, “added Alonso, who starred in his first Indy 500 attempt with Andretti in 2017 but failed to qualify with McLaren two years later.
âThey’re the best on an IndyCar circuit in an IndyCar machine, and when they join Formula 1 they need their normal customization that we need when we switch to an IndyCar machine, so it’s no different. I think we all have the same level, namely a top level for each category.
“It’s difficult to comment on the regulations and things, it’s more a question of the FIA ââor of whoever deals with the licensing issue.
“But if you ask me for my opinion, I think there are categories like IndyCar that are of a level high enough to get the points you need like you do in other categories in Europe.”