F1 » Your views: Why no American in F1?

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January 21, 2012 4:23 PM

uncle sam. your post came up just as i was closing down. i am trying to be objective here, even if i feel that some decisions are not right. i know nothing about bikes so cannot comment on that sphere.
i dont beliee that there is an 'anti american' stance in f1, even if you want to use this in your case.
f1 has certainly taken champions from american series, but the majority have failed. take bourdais, michael andretti, rahal, speed etc for example. i am not saying that they are good or bad, just that they didnt ultimately perform at an f1 level. competing in an euro or international series will bring them to the attention of teams, as thery often are racing at f1 meetings or tracks.
but now, sponsorship reigns. if an american brings a bucket of cash or major sponsor, he will be able to get a seat. it is then up to him to prove he can cut it. if he doesnt, then bye bye.
look at the other nations drivers that have gotten into f1 through MONEY. some of these drivers have been prett


January 21, 2012 4:29 PM

contd. as for button, i agree that he didnt shine in his early years, and i certainly couldnt understand him being on the grid. but to give him his dues, he has matured into a safe and fast driver.
i think that the usf1 farce could have had an effect on the outlook for usa, but maybe getting two gps will allow your drivers a chance of exposure.
rossi is a good example of how to do it. he is racing in series where he will be noticed, and note that it has worked! american drivers look to indy where the rewards are higher, and do not see f1 as the pinnacle. whose fault? the drivers? bernie? fia?

all i ask for in an f1 car is a fast driver, and i care not where he is from. others may be discriminatory, i am NOT!


January 21, 2012 5:36 PM


Please understand I do not hold you responsible for all the comments made here. I am just trying to understand why there are such negative feelings towards an American driver participating. I agree that the failures have been glaring in the past, but is that a reason to shut out an entire nation. I will only disagree on one point and that is in regards to Rahal. Rahal was making Jaguar into a competitive team, but he, and maybe even Speed, had individuals working against them to make it impossible for any success. Rahal had secured the services of Adrian Newey for Jaguar, only be blocked by Nikki Lauda. Lauda wanted control and did nothing but create infighting and conflict within Jaguar. If Rahal was truly given control of the team, they would have had the success that Red Bull today has realized, because he was assembling a team that mirrors Red Bull today.


January 21, 2012 6:00 PM

uncle sam. you have a right to have your opinion that there is a block against americans, and i wont try to change your mind. but you can be assured that there are many posters on this site, whose main interest is the racing, and have no feelings either way about who drives.
ok, there are some who will root for a brit, but check the grid, there are many nationalities, and the brits are not top of the list.


Rob01 - Unregistered

January 21, 2012 9:31 PM

I don't select my favorites based on nationality in any series i watch. And being from the US I don't think there is a block on American drivers coming to F1. Look at Indy Racing as well. Very few American drivers when you look at the whole grid. Most young American drivers look to Nascar for a ride over open wheel. F1 doesn't market themselves in the US. Bernie expects others to do that on their own.

vX-2 - Unregistered

February 10, 2012 8:26 PM

Becuz F1 is too complicated for ignorant Americans to understand and watch. Obviously, it isn't all meant to 'bang' up each other machines, unlike in nascar.


February 11, 2012 2:04 AM

vX-2...it is you that is ignorant. As F1 is no longer complicated. Its a spec series just like the one we call Indy Racing. History shows that the USA has had more F1 drivers than all but UK. 158-155. Italy is third.

James - Unregistered

February 28, 2012 6:32 PM

Why are there no Americans in F1. As an American its obvious, 1st) we are a fat & lazy country, America is the fattest country in world, 2nd) most Americans think they are better than everyone else, which we are not, so most people in the world dislike us for being so damn arrogant. 3rd) America has no ties with F1 at all, so no American can get proper training to be in F1 unless we travel half-way around the world to Europe. Last but not least Nascar, the only racing that matters here because you can watch, get drunk & still know whats going on. These opinions are based on A person who has to live in America & hates it here.

poo - Unregistered

February 12, 2013 12:36 PM

I wonder if it's just plain old discrimination. Nobody likes to talk about it but ask why nobody even mentioned that kamui kobayashi lost his seat this year despite being a great driver. It's just a european series now that pretends to be international.

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