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Second COTA race is “true test” for F1 in the USA, says Rossi

Aug 5, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

F1 Missing Americans Auto Racing AP

Formula One’s second race at the Circuit of the Americas will show whether it can gain a foothold in the USA, says Alexander Rossi.

The Californian, who is set to drive for Caterham during practice in the Austin race, told F1 Fanatic that Formula One’s return to America last year was “a step in the right direction”.

But he added this year’s race will show whether F1 can sustain its popularity for the long-term in a market it has struggled to crack:

“How the turn-out is this year and how the response is this year I think is kind of the true test, to see if people enjoyed it enough to come back for another year.”

However he believes the sport has a core fan base it can tap into in America: “I think that the motor sports fans, the petrolheads, have appreciation for Formula One and the fact it is the highest form of racing, the best technology in the world and the best drivers in the world. I think there is an appreciation for that.”

F1’s new television package in America has also helped make it “more accessible”, he feels. “I think a lot of that is due to not only Austin but the NBC coverage as well because before it was an elite channel to watch F1 so people if people weren’t really interested they certainly weren’t going to pay money to do watch it.”

Rossi added he’s very keen to see next year’s planned race in New Jersey go ahead: “I think the plan that they have and the market they have would really get US blue-chip companies interested in it because it’s not only happening in their back yard, but I think they’d do a very good job with the event, the exclusivity of it and making it a very kind of corporate event.”

Read the full interview with Alexander Rossi on F1 Fanatic

  1. purplesectornet - Aug 5, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    the article is a good read…he has a good head on his shoulders and a good understanding of F1…

  2. apexassassin - Aug 6, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    Good ol’ Rossi… hope he gets back on the ball in GP2 so he can earn his way into f1 and be prepared to to get the results he needs to attract a top team… Caterham just fail to impress, despite their massive budget. Reminds me of Toyota… just through money at F1 until you pull out.

    As for a second race in the States, I’m all for it. Speaking for myself I’d go to Montreal [again] long before I got to Austin [again]. And if the NJGP happens it’s a very simple decision to me, even tho I loathe NJ and NYC, I’ll still go once at least as it’s very close compared to other F1 races and also because the current top domestic series aren’t interesting to me in the slightest…

    though Formula 2014 might just join them! Not a fan of Pirelli or ERS or low reving hybrids… but I am a fan of the prosed NJ circuit – it looks fast and challenging and could become the worlds fastest street circuit.

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