Colton Herta has put paid to any speculation that he might switch to Formula 1 in the near future, as he's signed a new deal with Andretti Autosport to keep him at the team until 2023.
Herta has been speculatively linked with a switch to Formula 1, with Andretti team owner Mario Andretti saying he wouldn't stand in the way if a top team came looking for a talented American driver.
Finding a top level American driver is something that's of high priority for F1, with CEO Stefano Domenicali calling on the teams not to overlook the United States' talent pool when looking for potential signings to driver programmes.
The American, son of Bryan Herta, became IndyCar's youngest ever winner last season at 20 years old when he won the Mid-Ohio round, and has since added victory at St. Petersburg to his C.V.
Despite the speculation regarding F1 interest, Herta has committed to Andretti until 2023 and told AP News he has no desire to go elsewhere just yet: “I’ve always loved IndyCar most.
"I think if it would take a pretty good Formula 1 offer to draw me away from IndyCar because that’s all I’ve known and all I’ve enjoyed. So I’m going to focus on IndyCar.”