A recent Economist article on Bernie Ecclestone and F1 mentioned Red Bull’s interest the formation of an American F1 team with US drivers – a timely startup for any group willing to develop a team and spend the dollars to do it right with two new races arriving shortly in Austin and New Jersey.
The article covers several other key points about F1’s current state of affairs, but the second sentence in the quote below is absolutely on the mark. One question for US fans might be that given the team’s origins in an Austrian drinks firm, what would they need to feel the team is a truly American effort?
Red Bull . . . is said to be looking at launching a new “Stars and Stripes” Formula One team with American drivers. Local drivers boost audiences.
F1’s return to the US this November makes for an exciting time for fans here, and news along these lines is certainly an encouraging sign for things to come…
This is the third article in a series on a visit to the Port Imperial Circuit from Manhattan’s Grand Central Station, you can follow ‘F1 in America’ on twitter and Facebook for regular updates on this story and more photographs.
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Alexander Rossi Test: Abu Dhabi 11/17/11
American Alexander Rossi has been signed as Caterham F1 Team’s test driver, it has been announced today.
The Californian is the first American F1 driver in the sport since 2007, and a US driver’s return to the sport couldn’t have been better timed with Austin’s first race on the calendar later this November at Circuit of the Americas.
Photos of Alex’s F1 rookie test last November in Abu Dhabi with the team are posted here on F1 in America’s Facebook page.
In addition to testing for Caterham, Alex will continue to race in the World Series by Renault with the Arden Caterham team, and said “I am very eager for World Series by Renault testing to begin next week and to get down to work, where I’ll be running with Arden Caterham in the classic green and yellow colors. The 2011 season was good, but now I have that experience under my belt and I’m determined to fight for the championship throughout the 2012 season.”
Alexander Rossi: America's First F1 Driver in 5 Years
Caterham F1 Team principal Tony Fernandes commented that “We see 2012 as an important year for Alexander as he will be combining a full calendar in World Series by Renault, a championship he has a very good chance of winning, with his Test Driver role and giving him the chance to take part in FP1 gives him the platform from which he can grow into an even bigger F1 role.”
America looks forward to seeing Alex drive in the sport, and you can show your support: Follow him here on twitter and Facebook.