user icon
user icon

Lewis Hamilton keen for New York race

  • Published on 20 Oct 2016 16:18
  • comments 1
  • By: Dominik Wilde

Lewis Hamilton thinks Formula One needs a street race in New York if it is to truly crack the American market.

Hamilton, who famously spends a lot of time in the United States, told ESPN that a race in New York needs to happen "somehow".

"If Formula One wants to be big in the States we need to have that race in the heart of New York City somehow," he said. "The roads are terrible, but that would be epic! Street races are special, particularly when the sound was really good, it might not sound as great now, but it would still be epic. If we are able to do that it would be great, because then people are forced to watch it and maybe you can infect more people with that F1 bug."

"When the whole of New York knows that one of the biggest events coming to town is F1, that would be big," he added. "Right now, probably half the people in New York don't know what F1 is, maybe more, but it's certainly a large proportion."

In the early 2010s there was a proposal to stage a second Formula One race on the streets of New Jersey, with New York City serving as a backdrop.

After several postponements, that race, called the 'Grand Prix of America' was shelved - something Hamilton isn't overly disappointed about.

"They had the New Jersey plan, but I wasn't massively disappointed (when it failed) because I want it in New York City, in the centre of New York City," he said.

Formula E are set to race on the streets of New York City later this year.

Replies (1)

Login to reply
  • leesacks

    Posts: 1

    Formula E are set to race on the streets of New York City later this year.
    should read:
    Formula E are set to race on the streets of New York City on July 15/16 2017.

    • + 0
    • Oct 20 2016 - 23:56

GB F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix

Local time 

GB F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix

Local time 

Related news

Test calendar

Circuit de Catalunya - Winter testing

Circuit de Catalunya - Winter testing

See full test schedule

Give your opinion!

Will Bottas challenge Hamilton for the world championship in 2020?

World Championship standings 2020

Show full world champion standings

Driver profile

  • Team Mercedes
  • Points 2,052
  • Podiums 85
  • Grand Prix 107
  • Country GB
  • Date of b. Jan 7 1985 (35)
  • Place of b. Tewin, GB
  • Weight 68 kg
  • Length 1.74 m
Show full profile

Formula 1 Calendar - 2020

Date
Grand Prix
Circuit
-
Spain
-
Spain
3 - Jul 5
Austria
10 - Jul 12
Austria
17 - Jul 19
Hungary
31 - Aug 2
United Kingdom
7 - Aug 9
United Kingdom
14 - Aug 16
Spain
28 - Aug 30
Belgium
4 - Sep 6
Italy
11 - Sep 13
Italy
25 - Sep 27
Russian
9 - Oct 11
Germany
See full schedule

Formula 1 Calendar - 2020

Date
Grand Prix & Circuit
3 - Jul 5
Austria Red Bull Ring
10 - Jul 12
Austria Red Bull Ring
17 - Jul 19
Hungary Hungaroring
31 - Aug 2
United Kingdom Silverstone
7 - Aug 9
United Kingdom Silverstone
14 - Aug 16
28 - Aug 30
4 - Sep 6
Italy Monza
11 - Sep 13
Italy Mugello
25 - Sep 27
Russian Sochi Autodrom
9 - Oct 11
Germany Nurburgring
See full schedule
show sidebar