F1’s present proprietor Liberty Media has adopted a route of chasing new additions to the calendar in giant inhabitants areas, slightly than everlasting venues in the course of nowhere.
With Miami and Jeddah having lately hosted races on metropolis tracks, a brand new grand prix is set to take place in Las Vegas next year.
Whereas many in F1 consider the presence of old-school basic races are necessary, seven-time champion Hamilton stated in Miami final week that it makes good sense to maximise the influence of a race by having it close to the very best variety of followers.
“I’m a bit old-fashioned,” he stated. “So after all, I really like the historical past, notably in sure circuits, however the older I get, the extra I realise it is concerning the individuals.
“We may go to the center of nowhere that has only a few individuals, not nice lodging, not nice group and for us, as people, driving on a monitor that’s historic is cool – but it surely’s concerning the individuals.
“And the individuals actually do make it. We have skilled with pandemic, nobody being in there and that is simply no ambiance. It was like a take a look at day, it was not pleasing.
“Now we’re seeing a whole bunch of 1000’s of individuals flip as much as the race, energised, excited, eager to study extra.”
Hamilton says F1 will likely be higher served in future by racing in metropolis environments that may be simply accessed
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Hamilton thinks that as F1 capitalises on the curiosity of a wider fanbase, helped partially by the Netflix impact, having races in cities additionally provides alternatives for extra various sections of the group to attend too.
“I believe the followers are on the coronary heart of what this sport is about, they create it,” he stated.
“Being in cities the place we are able to actually interact in communities and truly additionally have an effect.
“I really like the Nurburgring, for instance, however there’s not a various group there. We’re not really impacting the place there.
“In Miami we are able to do one thing. I met a bunch of youngsters from various backgrounds, who now wish to get into engineering and STEM topics and so, it is means cooler for me.”