Good news in that it will keep Alexander in a race car..I am hoping that he goes to Hass as their test and reserve driver .
Another missed opertunity from F1 not to have an American driver on the grid ..
Bernies spare time would be better spent working on those types of deals rather than continuing to slag of our sport ..
Alex is from Placer/Nevada County, depending of how you see it. It’s “just” outside of Sacramento, in American distance parlance. Sacramento is within commuting distance to Silicon Valley, and I do know one woman that really commutes by car everyday from Sacto to SanJo return. Everyday! Bless her heart. And Silicon Valley, San Jose, Santa Clara County, and the whole Bay Area has more people with more money than they know what to do with. Hello? Apple, Google, Facebook, Twitter… Oh, and Apple and Google are going to be huge in the coming-soon car business.
And what? They can’t pass the collection basket and get a cool $50M to get Alex in a proper F1 seat? And with Laguna just an hour south of and Sears about two hours north of SanJo? Mind-boggling.
I believe there’s a ceiling for F1 in the USA but I also think F1’s neglect of North America has kept it from approaching that ceiling. I find it odd that F1 is structured in a way that it perceives a race in Azerbaijan more logical than an established race in Austin, or that it’s fee structure puts the one American race in jeopardy while encouraging races in autocratic countries that can dump huge money into events without answering to those who actually pay for them. That said, I’m glad F1’s approach has left space for a struggling series that puts on fantastic races- Indycar.
I’m psyched for indycar, 100%. I also hope that Haas turns into a potential landing place for deserving American talent as its drivers ideally earn more prominent rides, at least until Haas becomes a destination seat itself….again, hopefully. Optimistically, this could be a winning situation for all parties involved involved.
I know that’s essentially true. Still, the fact that merit plays an ambiguous role in filling a number of mid-pack and back-marker teams makes me think that an American owner might be a bit more willing to look at a good American driver for marketing purposes- forgive me if I’m wrong but I gather Gutierrez was aided by being Mexican (I also gather he is a solid driver). Maybe, all things equal, Haas would give the nod to a Rossi or a Conor Daly if a seat came open. Of course, I could just be jazzed by having an F1 team owner based 20 miles up the road. But a man can dream….
I’m glad he’s in a topline IndyCar seat if he can’t be racing in F1 this season. If there is a testing deal in the pipeline I hope it’s with a decent enough team and will let him race in F1 in 2017. He’s a quick guy and comes across as a thoroughly decent and thoughtful human being, so I hope he gets a proper chance.