IndyCar: Herta to test Alpine F1 car at Hungaroring, now called off (Update)

Herta does not qualify for a Superlicense, so the test has been abandoned.

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September 13, 2022 

With Alpine desperate to Pierre Gasly from AlphaTauri, they will do anything to make it happen, including doing a big favor for its competitor.

The IndyCar front-runner is being targeted for a race seat at AlphaTauri next season as part of a deal that would result in Pierre Gasly being released to Alpine.

Sources have revealed to Autosport that with the IndyCar season now finished, plans are being made for Herta to conduct a private test for Alpine in a year-old car.

Since the Russian GP was cancelled, there is now a 3-week break in the F1 schedule and time to line up a test at the Hungaroring in late September.

As well as the Alpine test, Herta remains in contention for a McLaren FP1 session this year, but this has not been confirmed.

McLaren CEO Zak Brown said about the possibility: “I would not rule Colton out, but anything we do is going to be in the best interest of McLaren as opposed to helping out AlphaTauri.”

Having him do FP1 for McLaren at the USGP would be the perfect thing for Herta, the race promoter, and for F1.

Another American, Logan Sargeant, is slated to run FP1 for Williams at the USGP at COTA.

Having two Americans driving opening practice in Austin is something the sport has not seen for decades.


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