Stefano Domenicali says it’s “necessary” for Formulation 1 to have an American driver within the discipline, however it can not occur with out a pure expertise behind the wheel.
The game’s CEO has made no secret of the very fact the USA is a key focus in rising Formulation 1 globally, with a 3rd race Stateside set to start subsequent yr in Las Vegas.
Formulation 1 has not had an American driver since Alexander Rossi left the game on the finish of 2015, however the curiosity of Michael Andretti in launching his personal staff has fuelled hypothesis younger IndyCar expertise Colton Herta may make his approach to Formulation 1 if these plans go forward.
Herta’s title has been more and more talked about in Formulation 1 circles as he has now signed a improvement take care of McLaren and was one of many drivers rumoured to be within the body for a seat at Alfa Romeo in 2022, which in the end went to Zhou Guanyu.
Formulation 1 boss Domenicali has made it clear there can be substantial business advantages from an American driver coming onto the grid, however whoever picks up that mantle might want to have the tempo to again it up.
“It will be significant due to course individuals make the distinction. They’re the protagonists with whom everybody feels related and their faces are at all times a reference. Nevertheless it must be actual,” stated Domenicali, quoted by the Dutch version of Motorsport.com.
“They should be quick, in any other case it comes again like a boomerang. That’s why we’re additionally working with the American Federation to put money into that. It’s undoubtedly one thing that’s not straightforward to attain.
“It is going to take time, however we’re placing concentrate on it. It might undoubtedly have an enormous impact. That’s why we work collectively and we respect the roles, however for an organiser or promoter who desires to develop their enterprise in the USA, an American man or lady could be crucial from a business perspective.”
Liberty Media president and CEO Greg Maffei added there may be already an American presence on the grid by Haas, however the ever-growing fanbase within the States will quickly deliver a homegrown driver to the fore whom the followers can get behind.
“I need to say now we have an American staff, now we have Haas,” stated Maffei. “With an occasion like Las Vegas and all the opposite issues we’re doing within the US, it’s turning into increasingly seemingly we can have an American driver quickly.”