Stefano Domenicali has revealed that Formula 1 is working with teams looking for American drivers to enrich the F1 grid and extend the sport’s influence to the big US market as well. Recall, the sport fell into the hands of a huge American media chain, Liberty Media Group, in 2017.
After 40 years of Bernie Ecclestone's rule, Chase Carey has become the new main face of F1, and last year he left the position to former Ferrari boss and profiled motorsport face Stefan Domenicali. As a result, the F1 has undergone a series of changes in those four years, and Domenicali hopes to see American drivers in Formula 1 cars in the future.
"You know, we're working with teams and trying to figure out what the chances are of American drivers being on the grid in the coming years." "It simply came to our notice then. I’m realistic and pragmatic, I don’t believe that could happen in the next two or three years.
I know there are teams that watch good drivers that would be of great importance to American fans. ” "We know that drivers give this sports enthusiasm, passion, the audience follows the sport because of these people.
Therefore, we are hoping to see very, very soon American drivers competing against other drivers for the Formula 1 Championship, ”says the F1 boss.
The U.S. will host two F1 Championship races in 2022, the first is the usual U.S.
Grand Prix held in Texas, and the second will be the debut Miami Grand Prix, which after years of negotiations is finally entering the calendar. American drivers have played a much bigger role in the past than they play now.
As many as 233 Americans are registered as former F1 drivers, but a huge number can be attributed to the Indianapolis 500 which was part of the Formula 1 Championship from 1950 to 1960. When we draw the line, only 19 of the 233 drivers participated in ten or more F1 races.
The U.S. also had two world champions - Phil Hill in 1961 and Mario Andretti in 1978. Andretti is also the last American to win a Formula 1 race. In recent history, the last American to race was Alexander Rossi who drove five races for Marussia in 2015.
They are aware that such a move would cause bigger interest of people in the United States, but the main problem is the interest of people in the United States for F1. Still, there could be changes