Seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton is delighted that the Formula 1 virus has now also spread to the United States. In 2012, racing in America returned to the Formula 1 calendar. Within ten years, the popularity had grown so rapidly that no fewer than three Grand Prixes will be held in the country in 2023.
For a long time, the United States had nothing to do with Formula 1. But until 2007 the Grand Prix was on the calendar. At the time, the race was held on the indoor track of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. After an absence of five years, Austin volunteered to host another Grand Prix. Thanks to the documentaries Drive to Survive, the sport has grown in popularity and a long-held dream of policymakers has come true: Americans are now embracing Formula 1.
America embraces Formula 1
in conversation with Motorsport.com “It’s great that we finally got our passion in the States,” explains Hamilton. The Briton has seen the country turn its back on Formula 1 for a long time, but that sentiment has completely changed. “I grew up and soon discovered how amazing this sport is. However, Formula 1 in America did not get a place. The love for this sport is growing,” he continues enthusiastically.
The all-new circuit around Hard Rock Stadium has been specifically designed for Formula 1. The event should become the Super Bowl of Formula 1 and that’s why, especially in the entertainment district, there was great work. “Miami will be an experience for all of us,” Hamilton added. “And that goes for the people in motorsport, the fans who watch, the people who go to the race.” He hopes fans will enjoy it: “America has a lot to offer, so this is something to look forward to.”
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