The 2021 US Grand Prix was the real proof that for many people. America is the place where Formula 1 is loved, even though there are different races, such as Indycar, Nascar. Austin opened doors to more than 120,000 race fans every day of the race weekend. Generally, almost 400,000 spectators visited the Circuit of the Americas – COTA. That was the huge crowd. In addition to Texas, Miami will be included in the Formula 1 calendar 2022 as a brand new F1 race. Seems that this is just the beginning, as it is often said that the third race in the USA is not on the horizon. Too much or quite enough? Here’s a question you can find the answer to. We’ve collated the most influential opinions in trendy comments so you can make your own mind up.
What is the original reason or one of the origins?
The Formula 1 calendar is constantly expanding. If six years ago 23 races per year appeared too many, today it is an indisputable goal in the F1 calendar 2021. Also, this number can be improved to 25 races. Too much? But Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali does not think so. This is the theoretical number that has been discussed, but the real focus should be on whether the races are interesting.
In an interview with Sports Business Journal, Domenicali revealed that he “wouldn’t rule out” the possibility of a third annual race in the United States in the coming years. Indeed, there are many places here where Formula 1 could take place. Furthermore, there have long been rumors that F1 could return to Las Vegas, where races were held in 1981 and 1982. Long Beach in California is another former venue that has been tipped for a revival, and the series unsuccessfully courted an event in New York in the 2010s. The size of the United States is the advantage to get new racing venues. It has also made us think about whether it is really necessary – to hold a third F1 race in America?
Third Formula 1 race: pros and cons
Race Fans made the own investigation and the opinions of the fans diverged.
Among the powerful “pros” arguments are the same: the size and value of the US market first. Also, the American population is about 43% larger than that of Europe, but next year there will be two F1 races among the 10 races in Europe. Therefore, it would be logical to add a third in order to redress the balance. Since races are already taking place in eastern and central states, it would be a logical step to serve the large population in the west of the country.
At the same time, there are strong arguments against. Firstly – is the poor expertise in the past. The original event in Vegas was a short-lived failure. Long Beach is now synonymous with IndyCar, and the only Formula 1-capable circuit in the country besides COTA is the road circuit in Indianapolis. Formula 1 has already tried and failed to find a home in the shadow of the country’s biggest race. The next disadvantage is that an additional 23 races in F1 calendar is already too many. All further races should have taken place in countries that do not have F1 race.
Trendy comments on third F1 race in America.
It has to be said, the last time South Africa hosted a Formula One race was 1993, too long ago! By the way, South Africa hosted the FIA World Rally Championship – Rally Kenya 2021 very successfully. Lewis Hamilton also suggests paying attention to the African continent.
The place that I really feel is dear to my heart and most important for me is to get a race back in South Africa, “I think there’s a great following out there and it would be great to be able to highlight just how beautiful the motherland is..Lewis Hamilton told reporters at Austin’s Circuit of the Americas
McLaren F1 Team Principal Zak Brown supports the staging of races in America in general. He sees the sense in rotation and notes that there is no need for a full three Grand Prix in the United States.
Agrees on third F1 race in moderation.
“I’ve voiced my opinion [to Stefano Domenicali, F1 president] that I think Indianapolis should have a Grand Prix. I think I’d like to see in America three Grand Prixes, but the schedule may not allow for three,McLaren F1 Team Principal Zak Brown told the Indianapolis Star.
“I’d like to see one permanent one, and then maybe a rotation. Then, you get three markets, and you keep the enthusiasm and the excitement if you have a little bit more scarcity.
“I think Miami needs to run on an annual basis … but now that (COTA) has been built, I don’t know if it needs it every year. And Indianapolis, because it’s built, I don’t think it needs it every year. So I could see a scenario where you went to Miami, and you rotated Austin and Indy.
“I think it’d be great. I think everyone wins.”
Current Aston Martin driver Lance Stroll is also asking to look at 23 races in the season at first. Spanish Alpine driver Fernando Alonso has nothing against three F1 races in America, but talks very carefully about the possibility.
“I guess so, I don’t see a problem with that,Alonso told Motorsport.com
“The US is probably the biggest target for F1 right now with Liberty in charge of the sport.
“There are rumours it could happen in different places, Las Vegas or Indianapolis or whatever, so let’s see one step at a time. But let’s make a good grand prix in Miami next year first.”
Third F1 race in America – new direction or logical outcome?
Discovering new frontiers, seeing opportunities and delivering Formula 1 exactly where it is most expected – these are the characteristics of former Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone. He was loved by many and his ideas were often criticized for the same “too innovative” reason. However, it was Bernie Ecclestone who laid the foundations for the eastward direction – in Russia, Vietnam and others. Since Liberty Media took over Formula 1 in 2017, the game has changed.
Just to refresh your memory a little. F1 has changed its logo, given up grid girls and is constantly investing in the development of automotive sports. Netflix’s “Drive to Survive” has already told the world that F1 is a true drama, adding a little show-stopping touch to the sport. The launched F1 TV offers the unique and original content that comes with a subscription. Safety and ecology have become the main priorities.
So Formula 1 has become more popular, more accessible and more focused on its audience. It is what is, is neither good nor bad. If Liberty Media will achieve its goals in the near future, the third F1 race in America is not a question of whether it will be, but of when the third round will take place.