Rahal calls F1 an ‘elitist sport’ that only wants American money – Motorsport Week

There has been a lot of talk lately around Colton Herta’s ineligibility to get a Super License due to lack of points earned in recent IndyCar seasons.

Recently, news emerged that Herta’s chances of joining the F1 grid next season have all but ended, largely due to lack of progress in securing an exemption from licensing requirements.

Graham Rahal, who is a 14-year IndyCar veteran and whose family has been in the sport for more than 40 years, added his voice to the conversation on Friday by defending his competitor and commenting on how he feels. F1 sees the United States.

In response to a post on social media which stated that “F1 has made this very clear for many years. They have no interest in American drivers, just American dollars,” Rahal showed some frustration. adding their own thoughts.

“Damn it,” Rahal tweeted. “F1 is an elite sport. They don’t want us. Remember that. They want money for corporate America, they want money for rich Americans. But they don’t care about the rest. It’s always been that way, it always will be.

“And for those who want to say Colton Herta didn’t ‘earn’ the right. You are off base. He is as talented if not more than the others. It’s a proven winner. He got to the top, and did exceptionally well. F1 has had race buyers for years who can’t hold the candle for [Herta]. FACTS!”

Rahal is never shy about praising the talents of his competitors and is one of the first to raise his voice when the validity of their skills is questioned.

He’s also been known to defend the validity of IndyCar itself whenever discussions arise regarding the series’ standing against other championships.

Rahal is not the first driver to give his full support to the talents of Herta, and many others have pointed out that the awarding of Super License points seems to undervalue IndyCar based on the competitiveness of the series.

With the United States set to stage three Grands Prix from 2023 with the addition of a street race in Las Vegas, special consideration has been given to American teams and drivers trying to join the series.

Current Herta team owner Michael Andretti has tried to convince others within F1 that he should also be allowed to manage his own team, but those efforts also appear to be on hold.

Andretti’s plan was to bring his star driver to the International Series to race for the fledgling team if he was given the green light to join the grid.

As it stands, Herta now looks likely to stay at its current HQ at Andretti Autosport for at least next season, with its best chance of being allowed into F1 depending on it earning enough Super License points to get through. the 40 point threshold.

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