Herta proves lack of F1 credentials as Dixon wins amid Detroit carnage

A sprinkling of rain only added to the chaos Motor City produced


If Andretti Global does eventually get its seat at the highly-coveted Formula 1 table, they may want to think again about putting IndyCar ace Colton Herta behind the wheel.

The Californian was the fastest man in Detroit for the majority of the weekend, taking pole position and leading for the opening stint of the race but it all unfolded soon after.

A tricky tyre decision as the rain came down saw the 24-year-old drop into the mid-field and even though he had the car to make moves through the pack, he was too desperate for his own good.

Herta launched up the inside of Alex Palou from way down Motown and careered into the wall. ruining his chances of victory.

If you’re an F1 driver, there is one attribute you need arguably more than any other and that’s patience. You can’t overtake like it’s a video game and if Herta wants a seat in F1, he needs to reign in his over-exuberance in attack.

Although the majority of the field had their incidents on IndyCar’s mini version of Baku.

Light-footed Dixon aces super strategy

As we struggled to complete more than a few corners without an incident, Scott Dixon and Chip Ganassi Racing saw an opportunity to pit very early for their final stop.

The inevitable yellows that followed saw the rest of the grid pit as well, leaving the Kiwi out front and needing to hit a fuel number to make it to the end, just what Dixon loves to do.

He held teammate Marcus Armstrong at arm’s length while making that magical fuel number to claim his 58th win and take the IndyCar points lead heading to Road America next weekend.

Armstrong was overtaken with two laps to go by former Ganassi teammate Marcus Ericsson but the New Zealander still came home third for his first podium in IndyCar, while Ericsson couldn’t make his fuel advantage work in the battle for victory.

Kyle Kirkwood had looked like the main challenger to Dixon but he couldn’t keep his pace alive in the closing laps and dropped down to fourth ahead of McLaren’s Alexander Rossi.

1Scott DixonChip Ganassi Racing
2Marcus EricssonAndretti Global
3Marcus ArmstrongChip Ganassi Racing
4Kyle KirkwoodAndretti Global
5Alexander RossiArrow McLaren
6Will PowerTeam Penske
7Pato O’WardArrow McLaren
8Felix RosenqvistMeyer Shank Racing
9Santino FerrucciA.J. Foyt Racing
10Theo PourchaireArrow McLaren
Joe Ellis
Joe Ellis is a motorsport journalist with experience working in BTCC. He is the resident IndyCar correspondent for Total-Motorsport.com and a top class F1 writer.
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