F1 » Speed dismisses F1 return and insists: My future is in America

Former Scuderia Toro Rosso ace-turned-NASCAR convert Scott Speed pours cold water on suggestions that he could be set for a return to the grand prix grid with 2010 newcomer USF1...

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October 16, 2009 4:32 PM

Speed is the only 'merican that has proven to have enough talent for F1. So much for an American driver for USF1 then

That will be two pay drivers for USF1 next year then...

Ah well...It probably would have been that way either which way.

bfree - Unregistered

October 16, 2009 5:05 PM

Anyone who doesn't believe that America could produce top F1 drivers just doesn't understand American culture. American kids grow up with NASCAR, Indy Car, the Indy 500 and the Daytona 500. That's their inspiration, not F1. Most all the great drivers in any specific category have spent their lifetime in that sport. You have to send an American to Europe and have him grow up around European racing but the fact is that there just isn't enough Americans that want to do that. We like things rough and tumble in America and NASCAR is more attractive to us Yanks. Besides we have the Indy 500 the most recognized motor event in the world. HOWEVER, we WANT more F1 races in America!


October 16, 2009 5:53 PM

"Anyone (...) Indy Car, the Indy 500 and the Daytona 500. That's their inspiration, not F1."

And that's the reason America can't produce a top F1 driver.

I think that, aside from the spectacle, 'Mericans (generalising here) enjoy endurance racing more, hence the popularity of ALMS and such. I often see on fora 'mericans saying 'I think ALMS provides the best racing'. Here in Europe, it's about the out and out pace and technical prowess of a driver to go from start to finish on a challenging track as fast as possible. Quali is the highlight of the weekend. If some racing and overtaking happens somewhere that's fine, but what I really like to see is Senna qualifying at Monaco.

CarCrazed - Unregistered

October 16, 2009 8:01 PM

bfree, the most recognized motor event in the world is not the Indy 500, that honor goes to the 24 hours of Le Mans. Its so freaking famous, that even people that doesn't know squat about cars or racing, become at awe at the mention of Le Mans

And as you mention (and JJJ tried to explain) the fact that "You have to send an American to Europe and have him grow up around European racing" tells you why Americans can't produce top road racing drivers.

Hey I'm not saying that oval racing is not challenging (it's just a different thing altogether) but you have to admit that more europeans, out of sheer talent, displace US drivers on American categories, than the other way around

SomeGuy - Unregistered

October 16, 2009 9:35 PM

If F1 drivers are so much more talented than any other series, why hasn't one managed to dominate NASCAR out of the gate? Scott and JPM are both very talented drivers, but it took JPM nearly 3 years to figure out stock cars, and Scott is still getting a handle on the sport. F1 drivers are very, very good at driving fast. What I think they've forgotten is how to actually race. When F1 was actual racing, I used to enjoy it. Not any more: I'd rather watch guys trade the lead back and forth, and actually race each other.

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