Herta has not given up on his Formula 1 dream

Ben Johnston
Colton Herta IndyCar driver. October 2021

Colton Herta, Andretti Autosport Honda waves after winning the 46th Annual Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach 2021 NTT Indy Car series. October 2021

IndyCar star Colton Herta says that he has not given up on competing in Formula 1 in the future should the right opportunity present itself.

Herta’s comments come following a failed attempt by his Andretti Autosport team owner, Michael Andretti, to purchase the Alfa Romeo F1 Team.

Herta, who is incredibly talented behind the wheel of a racing car, had been linked to one of the Formula 1 seats had Andretti been successful in his attempt to take over the Alfa Romeo F1 Team.

The highly-rated driver, who is the son of ex-IndyCar driver Bryan Herta, is the youngest race winner in IndyCar history, winning his first race at the age of 18 years and 11 months.

Herta tied for the most number of race wins during the 2021 IndyCar Series season and finished the year in fifth place in the Drivers’ Championship and feels that he is still young enough to race in Formula 1 and then return to America to continue his career.

“No. No. You know, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to do Formula 1. I want to do a lot of stuff in my career, but a lot of it also needs certain timing,” Herta explained during an IndyCar media day when asked about competing in Formula 1.

“Formula 1 is one of those things. If you’re 28, you’re not going to Formula 1, unfortunately. That’s just how it works. The time is right for me if I got the opportunity.”

Herta is competing in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona next weekend.

“I’d have to have a good think about it, but I most likely would do it because I want to run in Formula 1 at some point,” Herta continued.

“I think people forget that I’m 21 years old and think that I can’t come back in five years and still run 15 years in IndyCar and be 40.”

The IndyCar Series is where Herta is enjoying his racing but when it comes to Formula 1, the Californian is ruling nothing out.

“Yeah, I definitely want to give [F1] a crack if I get the opportunity,” he said.

“But definitely not disappointed at all in IndyCar. I like this series more than any series in the world, and I enjoy racing in it a lot. But, there’s just a lot of stuff that I’d like to try in my racing career outside of IndyCar, also.”


The 2022 IndyCar season starts next month in St Petersburg, Florida where Herta will be joined by his new Andretti Autosport team-mate and ex-Formula 1 driver Romain Grosjean.