“America is a work in progress”- F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali has mentioned three cities which can be a pivotal part of the F1 American dream.
Formula 1 is seeking new avenues to expand the competition outside Europe, and one of their favourite destinations is the USA. While the country already regularly organizes a race every year, F1 is looking to add another race in the USA in the calendar.
While discussing his motorsport American dream, Stefano Domenical names three possible venues, which F1 is targeting ahead of their new plan implementation.
“America, China and the Far East, for sure,” he says to the Autoweek. “America is a work in progress. I really hope that we can give you a straight answer very, very soon. But, no question, that is a focus. The objective will be to increase to two American races. That is really the target.”
“I cannot say today whether Vegas is better or worse, to be honest,” he says. “We are working very hard on that. Indianapolis is in the equation. That is why it is good we have a lot of elements, but it would be wrong and premature to say anything because otherwise, we create an expectation that we don’t want to create.”
“What I can say is that the focus is definitely there. The big thing we need to change in the U.S. is to feed info every day—more at all levels—with the involvement of the drivers, the teams and the organizers. This is something that we want to do very strongly this year.”
Focusing on China too
Banking on the world’s largest population is undoubtedly beneficial. Though F1 already organizes a race in China, Domenicali explained the need for more emphasis on the East Asian nation.
“Last year we were not in a position to do something there because of COVID-19,” he says. “This year we are working on it so that we are ready to go there in case there is the need to replace a race in the second part of the season.
“We are also in contact with other possible promoters,” he adds. “That is good because it shows that the platform is really very valuable for all of us. These are less possible than the American one, but we are not forgetting them because there is a massive market that we need to attack.”