The article criticizes Formula One’s interest in expanding its calendar to include street races in major cities like New York, arguing that these races are expensive, offer poor viewing experiences for fans, and are driven by prestige rather than a love for the sport; it suggests that Formula One should return to its roots and focus on traditional circuits where fans can fully experience the race.
‣ Formula One often considers expanding its calendar to include races in world cities, but this approach is criticized for prioritizing prestige over fan experience.
‣ Street circuit races, such as those in Monaco or Singapore, are criticized for being expensive and offering limited visibility of the race to spectators.
‣ Traditional, old-school tracks like Hungary’s or Austria’s Red Bull Ring are recommended for fans as they offer better views of the race and a more immersive experience.
‣ The article suggests that Formula One should return to its roots and focus on races at historic tracks, as prioritizing sponsors and city races could alienate true fans and drivers.
Every few months, we hear it again. “Formula One is eyeing a Grand Prix in New York,” an Italian website recently claimed. It’s a tale riddled with assumptions, lacking solid confirmation. But one thing’s clear: Formula 1’s expansion plans always seem to revolve around world cities. And honestly? That needs to change.
Ever been to a Formula 1 race on a street circuit? Not exactly a blast, huh? First off, the tickets cost an arm and a leg. And what do you get for your money? A seat in Monaco for two days at a cool 1,000 euros per person, and you barely see a thing. You might catch a glimpse of Max Verstappen or Lewis Hamilton for a whopping three seconds per lap. Or consider Singapore: blink for five seconds, and the drivers vanish from sight. If you’re lucky, you might actually see that, given the grandstands aren’t exactly designed for optimal viewing.
Old school tracks rule!
“But it’s all about the experience!” some argue. The world’s fastest cars, the best drivers, racing down the Las Vegas Strip or Singapore’s bridge. Sure, it looks fantastic on TV. But in person? Not so much. If you’re planning to attend a Grand Prix, opt for an old-school track. Like Hungary, where you can see the F1 cars for a full 30 seconds per lap. Or Austria’s Red Bull Ring, where an affordable seat on the Red Bull grandstand offers a near-complete view of the track.
When Formula One ponders adding a street race to the calendar, it’s clear they’re not thinking about the fans who’ll actually attend. Those who want to follow the race should probably just stay home and watch on TV. Or better yet, visit a traditional circuit. So why is New York even on the table? One word: prestige.
Time to go back to F1 roots
Sure, it’s great to wine and dine sponsors in a city like New York, treating them to the finest restaurants and hotels. But Formula 1 needs to get back to its roots, to the circuits that made the sport what it is. Silverstone, Monza, Zandvoort – these are the places where you can truly feel the F1 vibe. Circuits where the whole family can enjoy a day out.
If Formula 1 continues to prioritize sponsors and city street races, they risk alienating the real fans. The ones who, along with the drivers, will miss what Formula 1 once stood for: a passion for motor racing on the world’s most historic tracks. Maybe I’m just an F1 purist. But if there’s one sport where ‘feeling’ matters, it’s Formula 1.