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F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali has confirmed the possibility is there for the Indianapolis Speedway to host a second Grand Prix in the US, as circuit chiefs reveal their is a mutual interest.
The Indy speedway is perhaps more infamous in F1 history as it held races between 2000 and 2007, and an extreme tyre drama caused only 5 cars to actually start the 2005 race. Shambles.
F1 was originally planning to host a race in Miami in 2021, but any plans for this were put on hold as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“America is a work in progress,” Domenicali said in an interview with Autoweek, “I really hope that we can give you a straight answer very, very soon. But, no question, that is a focus. The objective will be to increase to two American races. That is really the target.” I cannot say today whether Vegas is better or worse to be honest. We are working very hard on that. Indianapolis is in the equation. That is why it is good we have a lot of elements, but it would be wrong and premature to say anything because otherwise we create expectations that we don’t want to create. What I can say is that the focus is definitely there. The big thing we need to change in the US is to feed info every day—more at all levels—with the involvement of the drivers, the teams and the organisers. This is something that we want to do very strongly this year.”
Part of the circuit was changed in 2008 meaning banked layout is an optional layout, and it remains unclear whether F1 will choose to run this, but with the inclusion of the banking at Zandvoort F1 is clearly willing to give these things a go.
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