F1 » F1 must prove itself in America, insists Whitmarsh

McLaren-Mercedes team principal and Formula One Teams' Association (FOTA) chairman Martin Whitmarsh insists F1 must prove itself in the States, arguing that F1 needs America more than America needs F1

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hello moto - Unregistered

June 09, 2010 7:13 PM

The venue is everything, Martin. As you and your FOTA compatriots have said time and time again, the tracks need to be adjusted to permit overtaking and improve the spectacle of competition. If Tilke designs a lemon people are doing to stay at home. For the first time in your sport's recent history, you are going to have to provide substance. You can't role in with billions of dollars worth of crumpet and expect people in the US to give a sh!t. Glitz and glamor doesn't turn out the crowds in the US. Indy had substance.

California Kid - Unregistered

June 09, 2010 7:30 PM

They also need to do multiple races during the weekend. Bring 2 feeder series races in so that way fans get their monies worth from a race weekend. Otherwise, they will be content to stay at home and go to other races for other series.

Lewis ftw - Unregistered

June 09, 2010 7:40 PM

In the headline you say that Whitmarsh has said America needs F1 more than F1 needs America yet you have Whitmarsh quoted in saying "North America doesn't need F1. I think it's for us to go and prove to them that this is a sport..." Mistake, or am I just not getting it?


June 09, 2010 7:54 PM

wont really do much if its just a european style weekend that just happens to be in the states, if bernie took less of a cut teams would be inclined to do more, enabling spectators to get value for money. F1 and not michelin owe something to the states after indy 05


June 09, 2010 9:33 PM

mark. i am surprised at crash these days. they also have no report on dtm series either! but indy turned out to be a fuel saving last few laps as well. next we'll be having "go slow" races.
but yes, f1 has to prove itself in usa, after the mess they made of it at indy. but he is also right, america does not NEED f1. but i think that they would still miss it. to be popular, they really need to have three or four races, due to size of country. one race in austin, would not be sufficient for the entire country.

Russell, Crash.net - Unregistered

June 09, 2010 9:35 PM

Hi Mark,

Yes, apologies for that. There has been a change in the editorial policy since the beginning of June, as a result of which a number of championships have regrettably had to be dropped. As such, unless the situation changes, IndyCar will no longer be covered on Crash. There will be a full release regarding the changes going out soon.

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