Red Bull have been left spurned by the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) in their attempts to sign Colton Herta next season.
The American racer had big hopes of reaching the F1 and has already taken steps toward realising that dream. Earlier this year, he had tested with McLaren while he already has a fine history with IndyCar, where he has won seven races.
But plans to place him at AlphaTauri have been abandoned by Red Bull, who look like they have failed to convince the FIA to go ahead with the move.
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Speaking to Motorsport-Total, Red Bull chief Helmut Marko said: "It's a shame that people don't realise what value an American driver, especially a guy like Colton Herta, would have for the booming American market, especially with three F1 races.
The FIA have insisted that Herta lacks the required number of points to land an F1 superlicense while Red Bull had hoped that they might look the other way in terms of certain regulations, which the sporting body has refused to do.
What it means for Pierre Gasly remains to be seen, with the Frenchman's move to Alpine now in jeopardy. He is keen on a fresh start but still has one year left on his AlphaTauri contract.
Without a replacement scheduled to arrive, it would be highly unlikely that they would let their main man leave while the collapsed deal to sign Herta has thrown a spanner in the works for all involved.
Drivers in the junior programme are not considered ready for the Formula One while Red Bull had promised an "exciting" replacement.
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