Former American F1 racing driver, Eddie Cheever says that F1 will successful in America, but F1 wants an American driver. He raced for almost thirty years in Formula 1. Formula 1 world championship will re-launch in America 2012 for the first time after 2007.
“I don’t think Formula 1 can be successful in America without an American driver, but there are a lot of Ferrari fans who follow the sport everywhere and there are American Formula 1 fans,” Cheever told Sports Illustrated. There would be a lot more success with American drivers.
“We were doing well at Indianapolis until they dropped the ball with the tire fiasco in 2005. The fans are very fickle and they didn’t come back.”
“Just having one driver won’t do it,” he said.
“Maybe having one in F1 would galvanize F1 in America so more young drivers wanted [to get involved]. It [multiple drivers] is a process that is going to take a long time, a five-year plan [backed] by a corporation or a car manufacturer to develop talent. Almost all of the young drivers in America want to be in NASCAR and we need more to want to get to F1.”
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