MELBOURNE: Formula One drivers on Friday (Apr 8) welcomed the prospect of racing within the shiny lights of Las Vegas subsequent season however mentioned the championship ought to attempt to respect historical past and preserve its conventional races in Europe.
Las Vegas will be a part of Austin and Miami because the third race within the United States within the 2023 calendar as F1 appears to be like to make additional inroads into the profitable market.
The championship’s enlargement into new territory has put a few of the older European races underneath scrutiny, with F1 boss Stefano Domenicali warning that some may have to make method for brand new ones elsewhere.
Four-times world champion Sebastian Vettel mentioned whereas it was thrilling to have new locations on the calendar, it could be a disgrace to drop older European races like Monaco or Monza in Italy.
“Obviously there is financial interest in new places that we are going to and F1 is a business. But I think for us it’s a sport; it’s a passion,” the Aston Martin driver mentioned.
“So we don’t see it as a enterprise.
“Places imply one thing due to the historical past they’ve or the custom they’ve.
“I think it needs a sort of mixture between exploring but also holding onto places that have history.”
Red Bull’s Sergio Perez was thrilled with the prospect of Las Vegas becoming a member of the calendar however mentioned F1 wanted to maintain its “historic tracks”.
“And we have to make sure that when we go to new venues, to really have some character on the tracks, you know,” mentioned the Mexican.
“I felt like some of the new tracks kind of lack a bit of character. So that will be very important.”
Seven-times world champion Lewis Hamilton, in the meantime, mentioned he needed South Africa returned to the F1 calendar.
Nearly 30 years have handed for the reason that nation hosted an F1 race in 1993, and Africa is the one inhabited continent which doesn’t function on the present calendar.
“We’re pretty much on every other continent, so why not?” mentioned Mercedes driver Hamilton.
“And ultimately, my ancestors are from there so that’s why it is important for me personally.”
Source : channelnewsasia.com