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Newgarden: F1 ‘looks down’ upon American drivers
« on: March 09, 2020, 12:49:08 PM »
https://www.planetf1.com/news/josef-newgarden-f1/
There of course could be some truth to this but I think he makes a bit of a fool of himself when saying "There’s a Formula 1 bubble in Europe" when you consider the sport has (or has had recently) Australian, Mexican, Brazilian, Thai & Canadian drivers which as far as I remember are not from Europe  ;)



Offline Jericoke

Re: Newgarden: F1 ‘looks down’ upon American drivers
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2020, 03:31:29 PM »
I don't want to get too political, but America has a history of separating itself from the rest of the world.

It's hard to feel inclusive to Americans when it's not reciprocated.  I imagine it must be frustrating for the large minority of Americans who DO understand there's a great big world to be part of.

F1 DOES have a large American presence though.  20% of the teams are either owned or run by Americans.  I can't fathom HAAS or Brown turning down a competitive American driver.  They just need to be in Formula 2 instead of Indy Lights so that the F1 teams can get familiar with the drivers.

Offline John S

Re: Newgarden: F1 ‘looks down’ upon American drivers
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2020, 12:19:15 PM »
I reckon part of this comes down to wages for the drivers, you can earn a good living in Indycars even as a 2nd stringer. I'm pretty sure Marcus Ericsson and others have heathier bank balances since transferring to Indy.

In F1 however because team budgets/costs are so much higher underfunded talent has to compete with chosen ones backed by big bucks or driver academies. I'm pretty sure F2 & even F3 requires drivers to bring some funding for a seat rather than just picking raw talent for it's own sake.   
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Re: Newgarden: F1 ‘looks down’ upon American drivers
« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2020, 05:58:52 PM »
Indycar and F1 are different enough to encourage a certain amount of specialisation. This was a big reason why the Sebastien Boudais transfer attempt failed in 2008/2009. That said, I think Haas would happily hire an American with a decent F2 season behind them.
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