We know well how the F1 is increasingly aimed at making inroads into United States. On the other hand, the Circus has become the property of Liberty Media, a company in fact Stars & Stripes. Since then, the American market has become more and more of a priority. Moreover, the Netflix series “Drive to Survive”discussed and criticized by many protagonists for its tendency to distort what happens on and off the track, is however helping to increase interest in the US public.
There is certainly some truth in all this, because Formula One can afford to multiply its appointments on American soil. To the United States Grand Prix in Austin, scheduled for autumn, this 2022 will be joined by the unpublished Miami GP, destined to go on stage in early May. In 2023 the races will even become three, because the Las Vegas Grand Prix. It is not the first time that F1 has tried to take root in the United States, but perhaps this is the good one.
Kevin Harvick, star of NASCAR (the hugely popular championship reserved for stock cars) explained this in an interview with NBC. “My son Keelan is 9 years old and has started kart racing, so I am often on the tracks to follow him. I assure you that no child speaks of IndyCar anymore, they all want to go racing in F1 and they all want to get on one Ferrari or one Red Bull“.
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The Closeras the 46-year-old 2014 NASCAR Champion is dubbed, he doesn’t think this is necessarily a good thing because “It is incredibly difficult to get to Formula 1. There are thousands of guys who dream of racing there, but it is a category where only 20 cars compete. Furthermore, it can only be reached through a training path that passes through Formula 3 and Formula 2. My son has no possibility of making his dream of him a reality and I hope that when he understands it he will not stop racing in disappointment. The risk is that many kids get frustrated at a young age and give up, without then trying other ways. I would not want anyone who tries unsuccessfully the road to open wheels in Europe to raise the white flag. This would also be a problem for NASCAR, because we would risk wasting potential talent ”.
In short, Harvick launches an interesting food for thought. This love affair of American children for Formula One could translate into a problem for US motorsport in a couple of decades, as it would reduce the catchment area for the categories. Stars & Stripes with a consequent decrease in the number of future pilots and relative lowering of the average level. Furthermore, his words should lead to another reasoning, this time from the F1 managers. Gaining popularity in the United States is a great thing, but it will need to be nurtured and above all crystallized. For now there is a bubblebut the bubbles are bound to burst, sooner or later …