Lewis Hamilton surprised: ‘F1 has finally succeeded in America’ – F1journaal.be

With racing next weekend in Miami, there are two races in the US on the F1 calendar this season. Las Vegas will be added next year and it looks like Formula 1 is finally starting to emerge in America, also to the big surprise of seven-time Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton.

In recent years, under the impulse of its new American owner Liberty Media, Formula 1 has finally managed to become popular in America. Liberty Media’s new policy has contributed to this, but the success of F1’s “Drive to Survive” series on Netflix should also not be underestimated.

The result will be three races in the USA from next year and a sport that is winning the hearts of more and more fans in America. Lewis Hamilton, who spends much of his free time in America, has also witnessed America’s changing attitude toward Formula 1.

“The first race I drove here was Indianapolis in 2007,” Hamilton said in an interview on ABC’s Good Morning America.

“But now, with the ‘Drive to Survive’ series growing on Netflix, we have two races in the US, and then we have another race in Vegas next year. It’s going to be unbelievable.”

“Everyone knows NASCAR and obviously there are huge sports fans out there.”

“But as I said, the show on Netflix, especially because of the pandemic, has made this sport very popular and it’s now really thriving in America.”

According to Hamilton, it is great to see how Formula 1 as a sport is increasingly reaching out to fans and that racing in Miami is a perfect opportunity to make the sport more popular.

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“When you grow and you see that there is still a huge difference in passion for the sport between America and the rest of the world, it’s amazing to see how Formula 1 has succeeded,” said Hamilton.

“The love for sports is growing in the United States. There is incredible support from the fans here.”

“Miami is going to be a great experience for all of us, for the racing community, the fans who will be there, the fans who are going there and have never seen an F1 race. The United States has so much to offer. It is incredibly exciting.”

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