2010 United States Grand Prix rumoured

American crowds could see F1 in 2010 - but probably not at Indianapolis

American crowds could see F1 in 2010 - but probably not at Indianapolis

F1 team bosses have put more pressure on Bernie Ecclestone to put the United States Grand Prix back on the calendar in 2010.

However the venue for the race may not be the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where the race was last held from 2000-2007.

The teams have made it clear they want a USA Grand Prix on the calendar. Nick Fry, who’s spoken in favour of the US Grand Prix before, told Autosport.com:

This is supposed to be a world championship and a large part of it is made up of North America, so we should be going back there.

The North American market is absolutely vital to us, and for all the luxury car makers especially it is key. It is a market Honda is successful in, with Honda and Acura, and we would like to get back there as soon as possible.

But Mario Theissen explained why a return to Indianapolis may be avoided:

If I look at where we sell our cars it is certainly on the east coast and the west coast, so from that perspective [Indianapols] is not the ideal venue.

If not Indianapolis, then where?

Indianapolis has been modified since it held its final United States Grand Prix last year and if it was used would likely be run in the opposite direction without using the oval turn.

America has dozens of racing tracks and some of them, like Elkhart Lake and Laguna Seca, would be stunning places to watch F1 cars race. But they are likely a long way away from F1’s expectations of safety standards and paddock facilities.

A street track might be a better option. America has many street circuits and could take advantage of the new fashion for street racing in F1. F1’s experience of racing on American street has been variously good (Long Beach), bad (Pheonix) and ugly (Las Vegas).

But it’s been said time and again on this blog that F1 must have an American round. The small but passionate F1 following in America too often gets overlooked by those who think motor racing in the USA begins and ends with NASCAR. A United States Grand Prix in 2010 would be two years too late but still very welcome. Still, let’s not get too excited – we’ve heard these rumours before.

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47 comments on 2010 United States Grand Prix rumoured

  1. Austin said on 27th March 2009, 17:02

    It would be nice to put it at Sebring

  2. AL MACDONALD said on 2nd April 2009, 23:57

    As an expat F1 aficionado living across the pond in USA, i’d love to see F1 return. To date its been a shambles. Street circuits are so so boring & just don’t suit F! ( monaco being the exception for reasons other than the racing ) . I live in Vegas & went to the Indy thing last year. No real vantage points for viewing. Streets not suited for any kind of racing & generally a really dull event ( made you wished you’d stayed at home with your Playstation ) A long term commitment could maybe generate the huge income to bring an existing track up to speed, to compare with the recent ones purpose built abroad. Really hope somebody gets it together.

  3. julio said on 5th April 2009, 1:37

    I’d like to know if some channel in Orlando will show the Malasya GP.

  4. Bryce Priggemeier said on 3rd June 2009, 15:35

    A US Grand Prix at Thunderbolt would be absolutely superb. The facility is done (to my knowledge) and provides not only the top notch amenities that F1 types seem to gravitate towards but also accomodations for the tens of thousands of fans that would flock to a race such as the USGP. Monte Carlo it is not, but definitely worth a look-see from Bernie!

  5. jerniman said on 15th June 2009, 3:21

    I have been wanting to see the USGP for years. The wife and I were planning on going and then FIA jacked it. I do hope that the FIA and crew do bring it back. I know that we dont have many tracks that are as known world wide. As Spa, Monza, or Monico but it doesn’t mean we could have a race here. I would like to see Laguna Saca or the Glenn.

  6. Tim said on 22nd June 2009, 6:11

    Watkins Glen is where it belongs.. I know the track would need some work for F1 standards, and it’s in a very small country town, but it was the original location of the US gran prix, and it’s an amazing track.

    • Evan said on 16th May 2010, 16:27

      Actually, I think the first USGP was in Sebring. But I agree that Watkins Glen is the perfect place.

  7. Kenny said on 25th June 2009, 3:30

    It is a travesty that Formula One has as many races in Spain (Valencia and Catalunya) as North America, South America, Central America, Africa and Oceania combined (Albert Park and Interlagos). Formula One is already a specialist sport – the way to making it more globally great is not by leaving three inhabited continents (Africa, N. America and Central America without a grand prix). I live in Britain, but if I lived in one of the aforementioned continents, I could easily come to the conclusion that Formula One doesn’t care about us so we won’t care about it.

    • Evan said on 16th May 2010, 16:23

      In order to make it more appealing to US and Canadian crowds F1 needs to stop screwing up the race tracks with excessive safety regulations and allow for more passing. Watching parade by grandstands without anyone passing each other is boring.

      I prefer sports car and open wheel racing myself, but FIA needs to keep in mind that NASCAR races in the US have cars within inches of each other running flat out at 175-190 MPH. Leads can change twice on a single lap. They crash at that speed and the drivers walk away.

      Put more safety contols into the cars and take them out of the tracks so the drivers can race again and F1 will be popular here. Otherwise, we’ll continue to show more interest in the Rose Bowl parade, which is just like watching F1 in slow motion.

  8. Eric said on 30th June 2009, 5:07

    well i think we should have to races in the u.s. it should be east and west. I think long beach is great because its an american version of monaco. It can maybe get some upgrades to make the track overall better because its short compared to monaco. finally i think the east grand prix should be road america because it has changes in eleveation which makis it fun. Please bring usgp back to Long Beach it already attracts a lot of fans!

  9. I’m coming to the party really late, but that’s when interesting things happen, no? 2 GPs for the states, no doubt. Have to start with one, though- Vegas could definitely put a decent street/racetrack course together. Cheap flights to there from the rest of the country, and no lodging problems. I’m suprised that no other Yank has mentioned VIR- although they have no lodging to speak of, the track is essentially Spa in the central Virginia hills, absolutely spectacular,so you have DC an hour’s helicopter flight away. My last time there, I watched some really rich guy at a vintage race put his ex-M. Schumacher Benetton into the guardrail at turn 6. Dang! Call Flavio.

    • Michael said on 8th November 2009, 19:19

      VIR is a nice track. I am in Maryland about 2-3 hrs away from VIR. I would make the drive for that.

      Now that rich guy I would have to say thats a case of too many dollars and not enough cents. :)


  10. Michael said on 7th May 2010, 3:01

    It was just announced a few days ago. Baltimore (Maryland) is going to host an IRL race, in August 2011. Now I am not much of an IRL fan but I would hope that the FIA will take notice and maybe consider bringing the US GP back and maybe in the Baltimore. I would say this is wishful thinking but hey one can hope.


  11. Evan said on 16th May 2010, 16:10

    Watkins Glen is the ideal location. It has the rich sports car racing history, and a track whose original configuration was built for F1.

    It has better proximity to major cities than any other race track in North America. Within seven hours driving distance are Baltimore, Washington DC, Philadelphia, New York, Boston, Montreal, Toronto, Detroit, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh. This is a major reason why it is the top drawing road course in NASCAR, and one of the top 5 fan drawing NASCAR races overall.

    Finally it is in one of the most picturesque settings in North America in the heart of the Finger Lakes, which was the premiere wine region in the US before California.

    Invest in the track and bring it up for F1 sagety standards, BUT DON’T SCREW IT UP, as FIA is wont to do.

    Being a foreigner, and also not living in the states, all i can say is if you get it right, your city and state will see the benefit, and believe that you are the envy of many countries and cities around the world. In some ways im lucky being in europe as we have so many choices of races to visit but the cost of tickets is ridiculous, where as with the spectators set up the way it is in america tickets will be significantly cheaper. all i hope is that this track is better than Tilke’s other efforts, which are quite dull, but to be fair he has to work to modern safety constraints – barrier placement, sufficient run off’s etc – that other older tracks such as spa francorchamps never had to worry about when they were built / designed. so once again, support it and enjoy it as if it works and you get behind it you will see the benefit that F1 can bring

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