Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto stated that granting Colton Herta a superlicense exemption is a “completely wrong approach”.
Herta is considered a favorite for the 2023 AlphaTauri seat in case Pierre Gasly makes a switch to Alpine. However, he does not have enough superlicense points to be eligible to compete in Formula 1.
The FIA are reportedly evaluating the possibility of giving the 22-year-old an exemption. Such an approach has been criticized in the paddock as there are fears that it may affect the junior series ladder. Binotto is also against granting the exemption.
“We are investing a lot in our Ferrari Driver Academy and continue to do so,” he said.
“Force majeure cannot be used for Herta, that will be a completely wrong approach.
“Regulations are in place in order to protect our sport and make sure that we’re making the right process and choices for our sport itself.
“So Herta may participate in the championship if he’s got what are the requirements to do so and not differently. That’s very important, and we will certainly overview what FIA will do in that respect, and I think each single team will do so because it’s important for our sport.
“We cannot have force majeure whatever the situation – which is not a force majeure certainly in that case.”