RaceFans Round-up: Wins mean more than runner-up spot

In the round-up: The FIA has formally confirmed it has rejected a request for Colton Herta to be granted a superlicence.

In brief

No superlicence for Herta

The FIA has confirmed it rejected a request to grant a Formula 1 superlicence to Colton Herta. The Andretti driver finished third in the IndyCar series in 2020, became its youngest-ever race winner in 2018 and has taken six further victories in the championship since.

“The FIA confirms that an enquiry was made via the appropriate channels that led to the FIA confirming that the driver Colton Herta does not have the required number of points to be granted an FIA Super Licence,” said a spokesperson.

“The FIA continuously reviews its regulations and procedures, including with respect to Super Licence eligibility, with the main factors being considered with respect to this topic being safety, experience and performance in the context of the pathway.”

Alguersuari ‘clarifies’ Marko comments

After making critical comments about Red Bull’s young driver programme in a recent interview, Jaime Alguersuari took to social media to revise his comments in relation to the team’s motorsport consultant Helmut Marko.

“I want to clarify something [regarding] Helmut Marko,” wrote Alguersuari. “I am deeply thankful to have met him when I was 15, Helmut was my teacher and someone who always asked me to deliver to push and boost myself forward and beyond. This is the junior team system and it works.

“I have not enough words of gratitude to [Red Bull] and Helmut Marko because they have showed me a way of discipline, of dedication and hard f****ng work that is helping me… reach other goals in my life, in my music and I’m 100% sure I wouldn’t be who I am today without being inside [Red Bull].

“When competing at the highest level, whether is F1, football, rugby or golf in order to highlight it requires an extremely demanding mind to look for more performance. Even if you win [Red Bull] will keep demanding you higher and higher and higher…”

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