Circuit of the Americas official says another F1 race in U.S. would be a good thing

Circuit of the Americas has hosted F1 racing since 2012.

If officials at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, are worried about the possibility of a second Formula 1 Grand Prix cutting into their business, they’re doing a great job of hiding it.

“A second race would only make us stronger,” Rick Abbott, executive vice president of the Circuit of the Americas told French media outlet Auto Hebdo. “F1 needs an increased presence in the U.S. to develop its fan base and we would only benefit from it. We are very proud of our facilities.

“We built this facility so that F1 can fully express itself here. I’m not saying that racing in Miami would be a bad thing — quite the contrary. Miami in May or June on an urban circuit, and us in October on a road course, would be complimentary.”
 

Despite some opposition in South Florida, F1 stakeholder Liberty Media is trying for a second time to launch a race in Miami, this time mainly on the grounds of the Hard Rock Stadium — home of the Miami Dolphins football team.

Abbott thinks the real next step for the development of Formula 1 in America would be a local driver.

“Look at how Max Verstappen woke up the Netherlands,” Abbott said. “Our fans are no different to European fans. They need a hero to cheer on.”

Abbott is also supportive of F1’s efforts to spice up the show.

“I appreciate Liberty Media’s efforts in social media, egaming,” Abbott said. “F1 faces the same problems as other sports. We’re all trying to create bridges to attract young people, which is more and more difficult.”

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