F1 » Cheever: F1 needs an American driver

Eddie Cheever calls on American drivers to look at F1 in the future

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gburg3 - Unregistered

December 22, 2011 12:03 PM

Yes, in order for F1 to suceed in the US there has to be an American driver. We American's are a narcisstic bunch. We don't think sport exists unless an American is participating. I never could quite understand the appeal of NASCAR, but I do see why many American's enjoy it. It's big, powerful,and very simple to understand much like the mentality of most American's-who like their cars big, powerful, and easy to understand. F1 is nimble, sophisticated, and rather complex to understand it intimately. I'm afraid that F1 might have the same fate as soccer in America. It's a nice game for boys who can't play football. Such a shame.

dave sputnik - Unregistered

December 22, 2011 12:27 PM

there is nobody good enough . If they were they would be in. US dont participate in sports they are not best at so why bother. My only interest in a race in the US is the euro friendly start time.


December 22, 2011 12:48 PM

The market determines the need, it is entertainment, after all, or as Frank Williams said, "trade." As for Cheever, he never amounted to much, a privileged narcissist who still thinks he won Indianapolis. Alone. Because he was the best. Not just the first of the survivors. On that lap. As in "lucky."

Nanbawan - Unregistered

December 22, 2011 12:51 PM

F1 does not actually need an US driver but it would definitely be a plus. There is one solution akin to what the French fed has done recently and it is to cram as much drivers as you can in all the feeder series and it will come eventually...

As for Americans embracing F1, people have to be modest. The aim is not to be number 1, the aim is to be there, exist and steadily become somewhat household stuff to a considerable part of the population like what Football (soccer) is trying to achieve.

Rob01 - Unregistered

December 22, 2011 12:57 PM

No need to bash the US for not supporting F1. We don't even support Indy Racing that well. No need to get your knickers in a wad. And be honest with yourself. Is the F1 product all that good anymore? There was a time when it stood above the rest. But with frozen engines,drivers aids and now the lack of being able to defend your position the series is about to become obsolete. But we have the new engine formula coming in a couple years. Yippie...v6turbos. That should bring it back to being the pinnacle of motorsports.


December 22, 2011 1:06 PM

rob. i wouldnt call bringing back emasculated 1.6 v6 turbos, a cause for cheering. it certainly will NOT be the "pinnacle of motorsport"

and as for your earlier comment, yeah, it is a sort of spec series, but try explaining to a non-fan, how and when the artificial drs can be used, and you will see a look of utter bewilderment on their faces.

have a nice christmas, and a good new year.

Rob01 - Unregistered

December 22, 2011 1:11 PM

Richard, I was being sarcastic about the v6turbo. And the new rules on passing make me sick. What will they do next. Put the cars on a slotted track? And Merry Christmas and a happy new year to you as well.

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