US Grand Prix organisers in Austin, Texas say they would welcome additional F1 races in the US.
Formula 1’s new owners are targeting an expansion of the Grand Prix calendar in the future, with perhaps multiple dates scheduled in the United States.
Liberty Media’s Chase Carey, speaking about the future of Grand Prix racing last week following the American company’s takeover of the sport, reiterated his will to increase F1’s footprint in the US.
Circuit of the America’s promoter and US Grand Prix boss Bobby Epstein said he welcomes Liberty’s vision of widening F1’s presence in America.
“In the long run, it will bring more attention to the sport and our race,” he told the Austin American Statesman newspaper.
“One of the drawbacks of F1 in America is most races start at 7am or even earlier. If you add a race in our time zone, it will grow the fan base, and that’s good for all of us,” he added.
Epstein’s only concern was the country’s lack of suitable permanent venues, forcing F1 to resort to street circuits which are less attractive in his view.
“Street races tend to be very boring,” he said.
“There’s not much opportunity to overtake. A fan can’t watch many turns.”
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