Christian Horner: “After US world champion Max Verstappen, it’s only a matter of time”
Red Bull boss Christian Horner has offered his thoughts on the opening Grand Prix in Miami, as well as the possibility of an American driver returning to Formula 1. He believes it is only a matter of time before an American driver is crowned world champion again, as the true scale of F1’s rise in popularity has been felt. United States in Miami. The inaugural Miami Grand Prix filled with crowds, as well as appearances by some of the world’s biggest celebrity names, including Michelle Obama, David Beckham and Venus Williams.
F1 increasingly popular
As for the action on the track, there was plenty of action, as Max Verstappen passed and Charles Leclerc before the safety car fought back later in the race to protect his lead. But despite some complaints from drivers about both styling and grip at the Miami International Autodrome, the event appears to show that F1 continues to expand into North America, RacingNews365 reports.
Four doctors from the United States
Moreover, it is clear that F1’s commercial rights holders, Liberty Media, want four races in the United States. The fourth could arrive on the country’s west coast, in California, and be on the calendar in the coming years along with Austin, Miami and Las Vegas. There could soon be a second US team alongside Haas, as Andretti Autosport claims they have everything they need to become F1’s 11th team by 2024.
American F1 world champion?
However, it is the American driver who is really missing out on the sport if it plans to grow further in the United States, says Horner, where Mario Andretti was the last driver to win under the American flag in 1978. “Drivers,” Horner told The Athletic of America in Miami. They are the stars.” “Yes, it would be nice to have Andretti’s name in Formula 1. But the Andretti driver – if Mario returns – will be much stronger. There will certainly be an American world champion in the future. It is just a matter of time, when will that happen?”
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