Herta unsure if farewell to IndyCar and move to F1 is imminent

MONTERERY, CA (AP) – Colton Herta insists he has no deal to race in Formula 1 next season, surprised by the sudden interest from AlphaTauri, and doesn’t really want an exemption for the super license required to compete in a world series.

Is Sunday his last IndyCar race? Hertha had no idea on Friday.

He heads to the IndyCar season finale at Laguna Seca Raceway as the two-time race winner. Herta is ineligible to win the championship – five drivers are still mathematically qualified for the closest title fight since 2003 – but he is the favorite to win Sunday on the road.

Herta won from pole position in his only two matches, in 2019 and 2021, and led all but 11 of his 185 laps. He could walk away from his IndyCar career after his win, and the 22-year-old California could be the first American on the F1 grid since Alexander Rossi in 2015.

But he refuses to think too much about what happens after Sunday, or whether he will return in 2023 as an Andretti Autosport driver.

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