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Americans competing for F1 titles will be “large” – Motorsports

The 2022 F1 schedule will include two races in the United States for the first time since 1984, and a new event in Miami will take part in the first round of the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas in 2012. To do.

However, there are currently no US drivers on the F1 grid. Alexander Rossi was the last American to start the Grand Prix in 2015, but the last American full timer in F1 was Scott Speed ​​in 2006-’07. Michael Andretti, who recently withdrew his attempt to buy the Alfa Romeo / Sauber team, had plans to move Colton Herta from his IndyCar team to F1, but the deal wasn’t signed last month.

Former Ferrari and former McLaren driver Johansson said Motorsport.tvJuliana Chioviti believed that her US presence on the Grand Prix grid would help, but only if he or she was prominent.

“Sure it will be very helpful,” said the 65-year-old Swede. “But it has to be good. You can’t just put people behind the grid.

“If someone is actually fighting for the championship, I think it will be big.

“But I think Liberty did a great job. I think they finally cracked the code here in America at this Netflix show. [Drive to Survive].. I don’t know about you, but after seeing Netflix, I meet people who are F1 “experts” almost every day. This is great.

“COTA had the largest spectator ever. Probably the largest spectator in the F1 race.”

Johansson also praised the IndyCar Race, which raced from 1992 to 1996. He is a close observer and regular participant in the NTT IndyCar Series races as manager of six-time champion Scott Dixon, race-winning Felix Rosenqvist, and road-to-indy rising star Rasmus Lindh. increase.

“I’m a big fan of IndyCar because the competition rules are as good as possible,” he commented. “The races are so close and no one really has a big advantage, so anyone who does it right on that day. Literally anyone can win on a particular day. Strategically. When you roll the dice, the race just hits your knees, and vice versa.

“That’s what I like about IndyCar. It’s very competitive and, to be honest, it’s very difficult to make predictions.

“But the cream always goes up. Scott was a bad year last year, but I know he’s very hungry as he was always and incredibly motivated. He will be back and well.

“It’s the same with Felix. He had a terrible start of the year, but as the years went by, he understood the car and I think there were some changes in the team, so he’s also very motivated. I think.

“But there are 25 more really good people out there, so something could really happen.”

Stefan Johansson is watching over one of his drivers, Dixon, at St. Pete last year.

Photo: Michael L. Levitt / Motorsport image

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Americans competing for F1 titles will be “large”

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