F1’s American proprietor Liberty Media has made an enormous push to develop the game’s presence in North America since approaching board in 2017.
Following the success of the Netflix documentary collection Drive to Survive, the brand new homeowners accomplished a deal to deliver F1 to Miami from Might 2022, which has secured a spot on a 23-race calendar that additionally contains Austin’s US GP in October.
However Liberty is investigating additional American alternatives, with Las Vegas and Indianapolis talked about as the 2 most certainly choices for a 3rd grand prix within the States.
A Vegas occasion would probably contain a road race incorporating components of the well-known downtown Strip, whereas Indianapolis Motor Speedway proprietor Roger Penske is understood to have had exploratory talks with F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali a few long-term return to the Speedway’s street course, which final hosted F1 in 2007.
Alonso, who was in Miami on Tuesday to open a Kimoa/Merely EV retailer in F1’s newest host metropolis together with its Mayor Francis Suarez, believes the US might help a 3rd American race on the calendar.
“I assume so, I don’t see an issue with that,” Alonso informed Autosport in Miami. “The US might be the most important goal for F1 proper now with Liberty accountable for the game.
“There are rumours it might occur somewhere else, Las Vegas or Indianapolis or no matter, so let’s see one step at a time. However let’s make a very good grand prix in Miami subsequent 12 months first.
“I’m very, very excited to come back right here, it’s going to be among the best races subsequent 12 months. It’s a brand new occasion, new metropolis, I believe lots of people within the F1 neighborhood will uncover Miami for the primary time.”
Otmar Szafnauer, Staff Principal and CEO, Aston Martin F1, is interviewed
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Szafnauer: “The F1 viewers within the States can develop considerably”
Aston Martin workforce principal Otmar Szafnauer agrees F1 is correct to pursue a 3rd American race on its ever-expanding calendar as he believes the US market nonetheless has plenty of room for progress.
“If we added a 3rd grand prix there, I believe the American market is large enough that it’s not at its saturation level, that’s my opinion,” he mentioned.
“Realizing NASCAR has 40 or so races, everybody nonetheless enjoys NASCAR. We’re a really world sport, however I believe that having three grands prix in a rustic like America could be very a lot viable. There shall be demand, I consider.”
A part of Szafnauer’s reasoning is that Drive to Survive has put F1 in entrance of a brand new viewers and demonstrates that the game has the correct amount of storylines and leisure to usher in a brand new followers.
“I’ve been an F1 fan because the early ’80s once I lived close to Detroit [which hosted a grand prix between 1982 and 1988],” he defined. “I believe with having extra races within the American timezone, in addition to Netflix Drive To Survive being so widespread, I believe that’s pushed a wider and extra numerous viewers than simply motor racing followers.
“I believe our product is so entertaining and attractive, when you begin getting the flavour for it and understanding it, then I believe the F1 viewers within the States can develop considerably. It’s been my expertise that if a family watches F1, say the dad likes it, then the youngsters begin to prefer it, and it grows geometrically.
“If we are able to get that momentum, I believe the expansion can occur in a short time. Now we have Miami now, so one other race in America and on that timezone. You by no means know if we’re going so as to add extra in future.”