F1 is an international sport, with drivers and teams from all across the world taking part in their events. As a result, they have fans in almost every continent and every country, waiting for the paddock to come to a track in their countries. However, the lack of American drivers in the sport has meant that there isn’t a very big F1 fanbase in the US.
So, ever since American media company Liberty Media bought the controlling stake in the F1 group, they have been looking to expand the sport in their home country.
Former F1 driver Stefan Johansson feels CEO Stefano Domenicali is the perfect person to help with that. According to him, the Italian has the required business acumen to grow the sport in the US.
Domenicali good for future of sport, says Johansson
Johansson, in an interview, revealed that he thinks Domenicali is the right man to lead F1 forward. He said, “I think Domenicali is the right man to lead the Formula 1 world. He understands the business of F1 very well and I think he will manage everything very well.”
“Domenicali is also the right man to make the sport even bigger. to make in the United States.”
The Swede, who also keenly follows American racing sports, feels the sport needs to be tailored to American tastes. He said, “Hopefully the budget cap will also help with that, that’s a rule that the American fans and myself like. Hopefully, we’ll get to see more teams that can compete with each other.
“At the moment there is not enough competition. in the battle for victories, the differences between the teams are simply too great at the moment.”
Can F1 be more competitive?
F1, in recent seasons, has struggled to have competitive seasons that have gone to the last race.
Arguably the best season in F1 history has to be the 2010 season, which saw the top four separated by just 16 points. The top three drivers had won at least four races in the 19 race calendar.
The other five races were split between two other drivers who made up the top five in the standings. This meant that no driver won 10 races of the season, which, in turn, meant that the battle for the title continued until the last few races.
People are excited for the 2022 rules change as this puts a cap on car development in terms of budget. Currently, the top teams are sinking infinite amounts of money into bettering their cars. This has left the midfield cars looking at any means necessary to bridge the gap, as demonstrated by Racing Point last year.
Thus, the 2022 season may see the balancing of the playing field by skewing it towards midfield teams like Alpine, McLaren, and Aston Martin succeeding more. Hopefully, that could be the revival F1 needs to rope in more fans to the sport.