Max Verstappen wins third consecutive Formula One world championship
Formula One could be set to hold another Grand Prix in the USA with New York City the possible next host destination on the cards as the sport continues to grow stateside. That’s according to the sport’s non-executive chairman Chase Carey who appeared to let the cat out of the bag during last weekend’s spectacular night race in Las Vegas. More USA Grand Prix events are in the pipeline and the destination for the next one may have already been decided.
American investors, Liberty Media, took control of the sport in 2017 and have made a point of developing Formula One’s appeal in their home territory ever since. The popularity of the Netflix series Drive to Survive has led to an increased number of races held stateside with three US Grand Prix included in the 2023 calendar.
Races were held in Miami and Austin before the first Formula One Grand Prix in Las Vegas for over 40 years took place on Saturday night with world champion Max Verstappen emerging as the winner in a thrilling contest.
But as Liberty Media continues to grow the sport globally, former F1 CEO Carey revealed that the Big Apple has already been identified as the potential next location to create a Grand Prix after calling out Miami, Las Vegas and New York as “the next cities we should be in”.
Speaking to Sky Sports F1 reporter Martin Brundle on a grid walk in Las Vegas, Carey said: “This is what it should be all about. We said early on, Vegas, Miami and New York, they’re the next cities we should be in, and Vegas delivered.”
There is no indication of how soon F1 could move into New York, but after facing some big challenges to get the Las Vegas GP to run smoothly, former driver Brundle admitted that the street circuit was surprisingly impressive.
After being afforded the luxury of performing some test laps himself, Brundle wrote in his post-race Sky Sports column: “Despite being lined by walls, the second-longest circuit on the calendar would impressively have a pole position average speed of 150mph.
“The track is super-fast, and the new surface remained shiny and slick. I drove a few laps in an Aston Martin DBX which made me realise that the layout wasn’t just a supporting act to a lot of lights and noise, but actually rather technical and challenging in parts.
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“It certainly isn’t simply a series of ninety-degree block-change corners as we’ve seen in the distant past. Some of the straights feel rather too long but they would play out nicely in the race.
“Every one of the 20 drivers impressed me with how they powered through the challenges, strange timetable, and jet lag, to attack the track with a vengeance.
“The scheduling at this time of the year with cold nights and commencing qualifying at midnight and the race at 10pm, did feel like trying to force a square peg through a round hole. I’m not sure who that really works for other than allowing the public roads to close later, and hopefully that can be finessed for next year, although the event is a week later still.”
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