Christian Lundgaard has gone on record to say that he feels Colton Herta does not deserve to be given an exemption to the Super License rules to allow him to join F1 next season.
It is believed that Herta’s lack of Super License points is one of the only things keeping him from joining F1 for the 2023 season, with agreements just waiting on approval from the FIA to be solidified.
There has been a lot of discussion in recent weeks about the details of the licensing system, any many people believe that IndyCar is undervalued compared to other series.
There are 40 points awarded for winning a championship in each IndyCar and F2, for instance, but a fourth-place season result in F2 results in three times the Super License points that the same finish in IndyCar gives.
“I think [IndyCar’s Super License points allocation] is going to grow,” Lundgaard said to Motorsportweek.com.
“The reason why, at this point in time, it is valued lower than F2, is because the whole structure of F1, F2, F3 was built for that reason. Where over here it hasn’t really grown until the last couple of years.
“I think we’ll see it happen, but not right now. That’s probably what’s coming for sure. Right now we’re looking at it as worthy as F2 if not more. They don’t see it that way because it’s up and coming, and they need to stay stabilized.”
Lundgaard is in a unique position to have an opinion on the FIA’s licensing system, as he raced in F2 before joining IndyCar this season and also narrowly missed out on having the required 40 points in recent years.
He was denied an exemption to his own application, and feels that Herta should not be given an exemption either, despite IndyCar currently being undervalued in the system.
“No,” continued Lundgaard when asked if there should be an exemption for Herta. “Because I’ve been denied twice with 39 points, and you need 40.
“The rules are there for a reason. If you can just break them and twist them, what’s the point of having them? It’s the same with cheating.
“The rules are written. They’ve already got them for FP1, you get 1 point for FP1. I don’t know how many points he’s got, but if he’s missing two points and he does two FP1’s, he’s sorted.
“If that’s what they need to do, then they will do that. But that is also a way of bending the rules. I would have been in the same position last year, but didn’t get the opportunity.”