Haas team principal Guenther Steiner believes a second Formula 1 race in the United States would help promote the current round at Circuit of The Americas.
Next weekend marks F1’s only visit of the season to the United States, with Austin having been the host city since 2012. Plans for a second race in Miami are currently on hold until at least 2020, but Steiner is confident any further additions to the calendar will not detract from the event at COTA.
“I think it’s very important for Formula 1 to have a race in the United States,” Steiner said. “For a long time, until COTA came on the scene, there wasn’t one. I think the fan base is growing. It’s important for Formula 1, but also for us because it’s our home grand prix. We’re all looking forward to it.
“It would be fantastic to have a second Formula 1 race in America. I think we will get there. It takes a little bit of time, but it will happen.
“I think it would accentuate (the race at COTA). There are enough fans, we could get attention for two races. I think it would add to the presence of Formula 1 in the United States and not take anything away from COTA.”
Romain Grosjean believes F1 needs more than two races to be able to make a real impact in America, highlighting the need to provide more races on a favorable time zone for U.S. fans.
“It’s very important for us,” Grosjean said. “It’s our home race. To have more recognition in the United States, we need more than one grand prix, just because the time zones don’t always work. It’s not easy to follow Formula 1 in America. It’s different from NASCAR or IndyCar. We would probably need another two or three races to get more of an audience there.
“Miami’s been talked about. Los Angeles or Las Vegas have too. I think if we had Austin, then one race on the East Coast, another on the West Coast, and with Canada and Mexico too, that would be pretty good.”