Red Bull boss Christian Horner would appreciate it if Formula 1 adds another US destination to the calendar, namely New York City.
The series has been hard at work in its efforts to capitalize on a surge in popularity in the nation, initially sparked by the success of Netflix’s Formula 1 docuseries Drive to Survive.
And US influence on F1 will be greater than ever in 2023, as the debut Grand Prix of Las Vegas takes us to three GPs based in the nation, while Florida native Logan Sargeant will take his place on the grid with the Williams, making him the first American F1 driver since 2015.
But with the American public continuing to grow, Formula 1 will of course always be looking for new ways to get the ball rolling.
And as Horner pointed out, adding a fourth race in the United States could very well be one way the series looks to do that.
Having been to New York for the launch of Red Bull’s 2023 challenger, the RB19, Horner could think of no better place for a fourth US-based Grand Prix.
“That would be great,” she told DailyMail.com. “Racing in big cities in the United States is really exciting.
“A race here in the Big Apple, for example, what a show that would be.
“You can never say never [to a fourth U.S. race]. We also have other North American races, with Montréal, and there is definitely demand, so why not? It’s great that there is so much interest in Formula 1 in the United States
“We are lucky to be racing in some amazing venues, whether it’s the Miami street circuit or the track in Austin…Vegas is also going to be an absolutely crazy event this year.”
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Christian Horner could get his wish, if there’s room
Formula 1 has not tried to hide the fact that demand to host a grand prix is enormously high right now, with CEO Stefano Domenicali not long ago saying that a 30-round calendar could be put together at the click of a button. of the fingers.
The reason why this doesn’t happen, of course, is because the demand for personnel and logistics would be decidedly excessive to manage, and Domenicali indeed said he believed that 24 grands prix with six sprints, the number that had been set for 2023 before the Chinese GP has been cancelled, that’s the best.
So, assuming China takes its place from the following year, it would mean that another event would have to lose its place on the calendar to add more races in the US, which could be quite tricky considering the series is committed to not abandon its European roots.
There is also the potential return of the South African Grand Prix in the coming years which seems like a clear wish from the series, so as to add further competition to the mix.
So, would a Formula 1 round in New York City be a great addition to the calendar? We’d say it could very well be. But there are many pieces to the puzzle that need to be sorted if Horner ever gets his wish.