Emerson Fittipaldi calls on F1 so as to add extra groups, together with Andretti World : PlanetF1

Emerson Fittipaldi believes extra groups ought to be added to Components 1 and that Andretti World ought to be one in every of them.

With an increasing number of corporations wanting a slice of the profitable F1 pie, there was an ongoing push to up the variety of groups on the grid from its present restrict of 10.

Andretti has been on the entrance of this cost and, as he revealed to PlanetF1, the household’s makes an attempt proceed to fall on deaf ears.

2026 brings new engine laws and with it, two new groups are suspected to reach on the grid. Audi confirmed in August that they might enter the game from that yr as an influence unit provider though robust rumours stay that they’re lining as much as take over Sauber.

Whereas their fellow VW-owned firm Porsche are additionally on the lookout for a spot on the grid however are looking for a associate after their proposed take care of Crimson Bull broke down.

No matter how the groups ultimately get onto the grid, their arrival would open up the chance for extra drivers to race which Fittipaldi argued is required.

“In my view, we want extra Components 1 groups, for extra seats to be accessible,” the two-time World Champion advised VegasInsider.

“They may have one other two-three groups, one other six vehicles. There shall be many extra potentialities for younger drivers to return in F1.

“We’d like extra seats in F1. That’s what we’re lacking. We’d like extra groups in F1 for certain.

“Within the mid 70s, some grands prix had almost 30 vehicles. We’d like extra vehicles. It’ll be higher for the sponsors, racing followers, for TV, and for the younger skills that wish to be in F1. It should give them extra alternative for certain.”

Emerson Fittipaldi in the paddock, wearing sunglasses. Italy, September 2022.

Fittipaldi was additionally requested if he believed Andretti ought to be allowed on the grid and he mentioned: “My opinion, sure.”

“Like I spoke earlier than, extra groups shall be nice for the followers, nice for the drivers, nice for TV, it’ll be nice for the present.

“I used to be speaking to Michael (Andretti) in July throughout Components E. He’s very motivated to have a full American staff. And that shall be nice for F1 to have a full American staff competing.

“Not simply one other staff, however an American staff. Even for the racing followers in America, it’ll be nice to have an American driver and an American staff. It should create far more curiosity and following for F1.”

May Colton Herta be within the Andretti F1 automobile for 2024?

Whereas their place remains to be not confirmed, little question the Andretti World may have put some thought into who they wish to race for them.

It’s fairly clear the staff need an American driver of their automobile however, as Colton Herta discovered not too long ago, it’s extra a query of who has sufficient factors for a superlicence.

The FIA states the factors shall be recognised from three years earlier to the applying however the one American to have received the IndyCar championship, and subsequently earn the wanted 40 factors in that timeframe is Josef Newgarden. On the age of 31 and with no F1 expertise to his identify, it’s unlikely Andretti will go down that route.

Herta does race for the staff already in IndyCar so appears an apparent alternative ought to Andretti be given the inexperienced mild however once more the superlicence is a matter. Herta presently has 32 factors having completed seventh in 2019, third in 2020 and fifth in 2021 however he really stands to lose factors going into subsequent yr.

Colton Herta at Laguna Seca. California September 2021.

Nevertheless this doesn’t rule him out of a spot for 2024. The FIA can even embrace simply the earlier two years in addition to the present yr ought to the tally show greater. This situation would put Herta on 9 factors however there may be one other FIA ruling that will assist him out.

Because of the impact of COVID on motorsport, the FIA have given some leeway that states that if both 2020 or 2021 are a part of the earlier two years, then they are going to think about the best variety of factors racked up in two of the three calendar years in addition to the yr of the licence utility.

This might permit Herta to maintain the 20 factors earned in 2020 in addition to the eight he earned in 2021. Subsequently he could be on 28 and want to complete third or greater to achieve that magic 40-point mark. A better, however seemingly much less doubtless, route could be for Herta to maneuver to F2 have been he would solely want to complete fifth or greater to be eligible.

 

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