Lewis Hamilton says a lack of US Formula 1 drivers is “perhaps more a cultural thing”, but he thinks “it’d be a good mission for us to find the next one”.
With Formula 1 getting more popular in the United States, it’s natural that the sport would benefit from the inclusion of American drivers.
The last US driver to participate in a Formula 1 grand prix was Alexander Rossi, who competed in five races for Manor Marussia back in 2015.
Speaking to the press at the Miami Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton was asked if he found it strange that there have not been a lot of American drivers in F1 over the years.
“It doesn’t really surprise me,” the Briton said.
“I think it’s perhaps more a cultural thing, you know, here in the States, it’s the NFL, it’s NBA. It’s NASCAR, IndyCar.”
“And I mean, in my 16 years of coming over here, it’s been such a slow build, trying to bring awareness of the sport.
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“Unfortunately, the Americans have to wake up at odd times in order to watch a grand prix. But I think this new step that’s been taken, into bringing awareness.
“The Netflix show has really just brought in that amazing fan base, a sports fan base that we have, that there is here in the US.
“Maybe now’s the time to start focusing on how we can include more people here because it’s such a diverse country.
“I’m sure there are some amazing drivers here somewhere, as they’ve got so many great sporting talents.
“So, it’d be a good mission for us to find the next one,” Hamilton concluded.