Formula 1 fired American warning

Former race winner Gerhard Berger has urged Formula 1’s officials to not interfere with the “European culture” of the sport.

Formula 1 has been increasingly embracing the US market in recent years, adding two new American races to the calendar in as many years.

The sport’s officials have been keen to take advantage of the growing fan base across America, driven, in part, by the rise in popularity of the Netflix show ‘Drive to Survive.’

The Miami Grand Prix was added to the calendar last year, joining the Circuit of the Americas, with a street race in Las Vegas debuting in November.

Formula 1’s bosses have made no secret of their pleasure at seeing the sport finally break into the US market after years of trying.

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The sport’s popularity across the pond was visible in Miami, with a star-studded event culminating in a pre-race spectacle that saw each driver individually introduced to the sound of an orchestra and fireworks.

While Formula 1’s increased interest in America comes with its benefits, there are those who fear that it could be abandoning its traditional roots, changing into a spectacle, rather than a sport.

“Now with Liberty Media at the helm, we have finally managed to get America behind Formula 1,” former F1 driver Gerhard Berger told ServusTV. 

“I’m happy for Formula 1. I say that Formula 1 basically has a European culture. You must not bend this culture.

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“This pronounced show component of the Americans, which sometimes dilutes the whole thing a bit, I personally don’t like it that much – including the Netflix documentary.”

Drivers expressed similar views to Berger after the Miami Grand Prix, accepting that it was great to see how engaged the fanbase was but feeling that the pre-race spectacle took away from the action on track.

After the show finished and the race began, Red Bull continued their string of dominant performances in Miami, securing a 1-2 finish and taking a fifth win of the season.