F1 » Your views: Why no American in F1?

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January 19, 2012 2:00 PM

lizard. not correct. i am sure that there are one or two who would be good enough. however, it really is neccessary for them to come to europe for an international series, to show that they are good enough. the teams will not look at indy cars to choose a f1 driver. they need experience on tracks used in f1.
currently i think that rossi is the american driver most likely to be considered, and he has been racing over here.


January 19, 2012 2:33 PM
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In addition to all the things mentioned in the article, which were factors, for sure, is one more blatant factor. I have worked with Europeans in Europe, and hosted them in the US for decades. While they are often very nice outwardly, just below the surface there seems to always be a need to distinguish themselves from Americans(the US at least). I have not met a European who does not lust for time in the US, but who does not also feel the need to put the US down for one reason or another. It is simply jealousy. Euros see a nice country like this wasted on a bunch of un-cultured US citizens, or a country exerting far more influence in the world than they do as individual countries or as a union. Europe traditionally has been composed of a bunch tribes, separated by choice through geography and languages. They are very nationalistic and don't want comparisons with mongrels such as US people. (Cont'd)...


January 19, 2012 2:34 PM

Of course, now the US is going downhill, and Europe loves it, though they will probably go downhill further and faster. All this forms the background of the cultural differences that keep Americans out of F1. And, by the way, writer -- Scott Speed was not knocked out of F1 by lack of performance compared to a large group of Europeans. It was a conflict with a frustrated team owner. Here was a guy (Speed) that acquired everything Europeans valued in credentials to make F1, but he was ousted and a steady stream of mediocre European drivers were allowed to stay. You think other US drivers don't see that sort of thing. It just isn't worth it. US drivers won't show up again unless there is a US-based team.

Aydee - Unregistered

January 19, 2012 3:08 PM

From what I gather, Americans don't like long travels for long periods(I remember Danica Patrick mentioned it once) and they don't have the discipline and training to cope with the demands of F1


January 19, 2012 3:29 PM

This is a very good article. I would agree with the comments on the NASCAR equation and the infusion of Europeans in IndyCar being the catalyst for the IRL. In addition, the culture of Europeans and Americans are vastly different. European governments honor and support their champions in terns of financial backing and exposure. Senna was a good example of such a connection with the Government and its people. This is a form of national pride. American business are more concern about revenue, return of investment and “what have you done for me lately” attitude that it will not blend with the European ideals. While no two side are wrong, both side of the pond have their own ideas. In terms of Andretti's, I'd hear of lots of comments by Michael about his reception from the European people while he was racing for McLaren. This news was not forgotten by our racing press and (in my view) was a good excuse for Mike's exit from McLaren.
Well done!


January 19, 2012 3:41 PM

One more point. The USF1's attempt to enter the Top Flight was well received and with lots of support until the team hired the drivers. American's want an true American team with home grown talent. If the US is going to put it technological reputation on the line with the best of European designers, then it's got to be pure American with no excuses.

Reznick - Unregistered

January 19, 2012 3:50 PM

You guys are too funny. Money on it, that 95% of you have NEVER been to the United States...(because thats what I assume the title alone is getting at)..Are you that afraid you'll like it?.Like it or not , some of our GREATEST drivers in the world are American (see google map of the earth)

Reznick - Unregistered

January 19, 2012 4:01 PM

Oh and by the way , there's a kid by the name of Santino Ferrucci that will be introducing himself in the near future to F1 . He hails from upstate NY.From my understanding , he is already under McLaren's wing( kinda like Hamilton was,,,get my drift).Go get em Santino,,,make us "Americans"(and central New Yorkers) proud.I'll be counting the years


January 19, 2012 5:20 PM

I'm a Brit who has never been to North or South America, but in Europe a successful driver in junior formulae always looks to get to F1, almost as the default setting. In the Americas this is not the case, as Indycars and particularly Nascar takes priority as a goal. Because of the huge distances involved between The Americas and Europe, the level of dedication has to be massive. Senna and Barricello would spend fortunes commuting, and Michael Andretti never got used to it. The ones that can handle it are the Antipodeans, especially the bike racers. An exception would be Villeneuve, but he was brought up in France. His dad got round it by living in France in winter and a motorhome in summer.

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