McLaren team boss Zak Brown recently admitted that while he would be happy to have more American drivers and teams enter F1, the sport already has plenty of buzz around it in the United States. This was particularly evident in the success of the Netflix docu-series, Drive To Survive, which saw an incredible spike in viewing numbers and social media engagement in the US.
With this in mind, the 2023 season is set to host a whopping three races in the country, one each in Texas, Miami, and Las Vegas. However, it has been over a decade since any American driver has raced full time in F1, with the only recent potential contender being IndyCar driver Colton Herta.
As reported by Motorsport, Zak Brown confessed that F1’s swiftly growing popularity in the US is not dependent on having an American driver or team:
The McLaren CEO continued by saying:
Alpine and McLaren are in an intense battle to secure P4 in the 2022 F1 world constructors’ standings, with the French outfit currently in the lead.
The Woking-based team started off the season on a strong note but have slipped further away with time and Fernando Alonso believes that Alpine are in a position where they are performing at a higher level than they had expected at the start of the year.
Reflecting on the 2022 season so far for Alpine, as reported by F1.com, the Spaniard said:
Fernando Alonso further continued:
18 points currently separate McLaren and Alpine in the constructors’ standings.
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