IndyCar driver Colton Herta admits that he is still keen to move to F1 in the future after a recent possible opportunity fell through.
The American's name had previously been linked to Andretti Autosport's attempt to buy a majority stake in the Sauber-run Alfa Romeo team last year, with Michael Andretti revealing that Herta would have "led the way" for the outfit in terms of fielding a driver from the United States.
However, the potential purchase did not happen, meaning that Herta missed out on the chance to race in Formula 1.
Despite this, the youngster insists that he was not disappointed, though hopes that he might get another opportunity at the right time.
"You know, I'd be lying if I said I didn't want to do Formula 1," Herta told MotorsportWeek.com.
"I want to do a lot of stuff in my career, but a lot of it also needs certain timing.
"Formula 1 is one of those things. If you're 28, you're not going to Formula 1, unfortunately. That's just how it works. The time is right for me if I got the opportunity."
"I want to run in F1 at some point"
Herta thinks that he would take the chance if he was offered a drive in F1, especially given his belief that he could still run in IndyCar for many years afterwards.
"I'd have to have a good think about it, but I most likely would do it because I want to run in Formula 1 at some point," he explained.
"I think people forget that I'm 21-years-old and think that I can't come back in five years and still run 15 years in IndyCar and be 40."
However, Herta is content with driving in IndyCar for the time being, a series in which he achieved the feat of being the youngest ever person to win a race.
"I definitely want to give [F1] a crack if I get the opportunity, but [I'm] definitely not disappointed at all in IndyCar," Herta added.
"I like this series more than any series in the world, and I enjoy racing in it a lot.
"But, there's just a lot of stuff that I'd like to try in my racing career outside of IndyCar, also."
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