Guenther Steiner: Second US GP would boost F1, COTA
Haas Team Principal Guenther Steiner reckons a second Grand Prix in the United States would boost Formula 1 in the country, without detracting attention from Austin.
Formula 1 has long targeted the United States as a market it wishes to exploit, and has made a permanent home at the Circuit of the Americas, which joined the roster in 2012.
Austin’s arrival came after a chequered history with the country, with several locations used to host Formula 1 events, the most recent of which was Indianapolis in 2007.
Plans for a Grand Prix in New Jersey fell through while a Miami Grand Prix has been mooted, but will not be held until at least 2020, after a 2019 proposal failed to come to fruition.
“I think it’s very important for Formula 1 to have a race in the United States,” said Steiner, who oversees the US-registered Haas operation that joined in 2016.
“For a long time, until COTA came on the scene, there wasn’t one. I think the fan base is growing. It’s important for Formula One, but also for us because it’s our home grand prix. We’re all looking forward to it.”
“It would be fantastic to have a second Formula 1 race in America. I think we will get there. It takes a little bit of time, but it will happen.”
“There are enough fans, we could get attention for two races. I think it would add to the presence of Formula 1 in the United States and not take anything away from COTA.”
Haas driver Kevin Magnussen concurred with his team boss, commenting: “I’d love to see another race in America. I really enjoy the country. I love being over there. If there’s one place I’d like to live outside of Denmark, it would be America.”