F1 » Your views: Why no American in F1?

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no name - Unregistered

January 19, 2012 8:01 PM

I grew up in the US being an F1 fan. I see more talent, excitement, intelligence, and sacrifice then from any NASCAR driver. If I had the chance to travel the world to race in the top flight I would do it without batting an eye. Speaking from experience because I live here, but if Americans can't have things there way then it's no good to them. Hence Michael Andretti. Deep down he couldn't stand having to leave the states to travel and compete. To agree with everyone's statment yes it takes 100% dedication to play in F1. NASCAR is boring, top corporate and speaking of showcasing cars, maybe so in F1 but my god in NASCAR it is not about the drivers AT ALL. Just showcasing Brian France and his dedication to showcasing the sponsors. Sickening. You could say the same for troll Bernie but drivers in F1 aren't talking about their backing every second of the interview thank god. I say if it ain't broke don't fix it. I enjoy talented racing and drivers over nationality, but to tou

JB218 - Unregistered

January 19, 2012 8:03 PM

@ESSEX....no, not at all. Just tossing arrogant comments as to what was being leveled toward my nationality. I'm from the South and the region gets constant flack from our own kind anyway(lol). If people could only experience the culture before labeling it things would be viewed very differently. I deal and function with people from all over Europe and thoroughly enjoy my time with people of other origins and unless I'm really as 'stupid' as others claim they have the same experience. We really get the wrong end of the stick sometimes in comparisons that we don't really participate in. The intelligence comment is somewhat a reflection of the person saying it.

Daniel - Unregistered

January 19, 2012 8:28 PM

My belief is a person can represent their country in the Lympics or whenever A1GP starts up again. Not sure if any of you noticed watching the grand prixs but the whole country they visit do not just support the driver/s from that country. Come to the States during the World Cup and see how many people support the States. They are a small percentage. I live in Los Angeles. European races start at 5am and the Asian races start at 11pm. Just let the attendance for the USGP speak for itself. I am making that 2216 km trip

Michael Kuhl

January 19, 2012 11:01 PM

F-1 fans. This is very simple. It comes
down to priorities. F-1 is a good example of
international racing not being a priority
in America. Aside from some sports car racing
(ALMS) and perhaps certain motorcycle racing
(World Superbike), there simply is not the kind
of emphasis on the global motorsport. In the
name of things like cost control, logistics, and
level of technology, racing in America has
lagged behind. This has affected the quantity
and quality of American driver as least
somewhat. Let's face it, it's the training
ground(s) and the equipment utilized there, and
the people you work with and complete against
that determine the quality of drivers.


January 20, 2012 12:34 AM

A well considered piece. I have two points to make -

1. Get an editor to read over the piece first. The over use of parentheses is very distracting and interrupts the flow of the writing.

2. The premise of this piece seems to be that F1 needs a US driver. I don't necessarily accept this - F1 should and does have the best drivers in the world, regardless of their origin. If you want to see all countries represented on the grid, try A1GP. F1 doesn't have to have a US driver just for the sake of having a US driver.


January 20, 2012 12:43 AM

I am very bearish about the prospects of the two US F1 races being a success. Many of the reasons are referred to by posters above.

The US does not currently have any drivers in F1, does not have a team in F1, like most nations - the general populace is attracted to events where they have national hero's competing and doing well, and they have other motor sport franchises (NASCAR and CART) that are hugely popular and will directly compete with F1 for US audiences.

My opinion is F1's future outside of Europe is better focused on South America, Asia (incl China, Japan, India and Middle East), and Australasia.


January 20, 2012 12:45 AM

Why no American in F1? Because it isn't 2013 yet. Alexander Rossi will be replacing Trulli at Caterham after one more year of WSR or GP2, which it has yet to be announced as to which series he will be contesting. He has rose through the European ranks by outperforming much older drivers and posting results. He has not bought a seat or been given anything, he has earned his place on the grid. So insult nations of people, display your national bias and hatred, because your comments will not prevent him from being on the grid. Oh and by the way, he is the youngest driver EVER to earn an FIA Superlicense in the world. Oh dear, I guess that wrecks your talentless Yanks theories!


January 20, 2012 12:57 AM

we yanks don't have the attention span to derive entertainment over the long term from anything that leaves our line of sight. not unlike children riddled with ADD, we need constant sensory feedback and stimulation (hence the popularity of video games, WWE and UFC). this is an extension of the instant gratification, microwave popcorn culture brought on by the vast sums of wealth present here. observe how everything we ultimately "trickle up" cash to is "arena based". so that's not just nascar, but extends also to things like flattrack, SX, monster trucks, tractor pulls, outlaws, legends, demolition derbys, etc. these forms of motorsport are popular because they are really nothing more than "motorized" versions of the already dominant stick and ball sports of football (ie. the superbowl), baseball (ie. the world series), basketball (ie. the playoffs), hockey (ie. the stanley cup), etc, which are of course ALSO played inside of arenas. if F1 fit inside a "snowglobe" there would've

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