A return to Indianapolis would be 'very good' for F1 - Todt

  • Published on 24 Aug 2020 13:33
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  • By: Coilin Higgins

FIA president Jean Todt has said how he believes a return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway would be a very good addition to the F1 calendar, after being impressed by the improved facilities upon his return to the circuit.

Todt was invited to the circuit as a guest for yesterday's 104th running of the Indianapolis 500, which was won by former F1 driver Takuma Sato for a second time.

Fernando Alonso, who is making his return to F1 with Renault next year, also competed in the race for a second time but could only manage a 21st place finish.

Indianapolis previously played host to a round on the F1 calendar between 2000 and 2007. 

2005's controversial race only saw the six Bridgestone cars from Ferrari, Minardi and Jordan starting after the Michelin shod cars could not run a race distance on the oval corner, where numerous cars suffered blowouts throughout the weekend.

Speaking on the improvements to the facility since it was purchased by Roger Penske last year, Todt claimed the circuit now had 'all the ingredients' for a possible F1 return, something Penske also suggested in the past.

"The responsibility of the calendar is with the commercial rights holder, but clearly Indianapolis has all the ingredients of a Formula 1 venue, all the facilities," Todt told Autosport.

"Roger Penske and his group have taken the lead, and I was very impressed with what I saw this morning.

"All the improvements have been done in a very short time. Roger has already achieved quite a lot with facilities that were already very impressive.

"Indianapolis is a kind of Silicon Valley of motor racing in the U.S. so of course if the Formula 1 Commission proposed to have a race at Indianapolis, it would be very good for Formula 1."

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  • Bilstar

    Posts: 54

    Someone throw something at him will you?

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    • Aug 24 2020 - 14:57
    • f1dave

      Posts: 782

      Something heavy.

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      • Aug 24 2020 - 17:16
    • I can donate our old blood typing machine to your noble cause. ;)

      mind: he is technically correct: it would be good for F1 to back to Indy, just more good for their bank than our joy if it's the old track layout.

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      • Aug 24 2020 - 19:56
    • Indy had potential, they just had a painfully unimaginative layout. Still, as a venue I don't love it. The appeal of F1 doesn't resonate so much with American midwesterners. F1 was never too popular at Indy. Compare that to Austin, F1 is massively popular every year. People always attend.

      I wouldn't be in favor of going back to Indy. I would rather see races in California, New York (like Watkins Glen) and a few others. America has a lot of great tracks.

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      • Aug 24 2020 - 22:03
    • Agreed. Indy has a lot of untapped potential, but why settle for that when the US have so many grand tracks already? Watkin's Glen and Laguna Seca are both lovely tracks!

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      • Aug 25 2020 - 12:07

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