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Why don’t Americans race in Formula One anymore?

Americans don’t participate in Formula One racing anymore. The last American to race was Scott Speed for Toro Rosso in 2007. The last American champion was Mario Andretti in 1978. Here are the main reasons why we see no Americans in the Formula One race anymore.



Almost all the Formula One teams are based in Europe. Most of the Formula One experts in the world, from engineers and aerodynamicists to engine manufacturers are all based in England. If young Americans need to experience Formula One, then need to go oversees. It is not financially viable for these young people to move to Europe.



Formula One is not so popular in America. This discourages young Americans from participating in the race. A first-time viewer will not understand the game. It’s much to do with engineering, which is a complex matter. Teams make their own cars and always look for an edge, at the same time, tries to stay within the guidelines set by the sport’s governing body.

Formula One is for fans who love reading the latest engineering magazine. It is for those who love to know about the latest engine, its speed, design, etc. Formula One is an expensive sport, and not many people can afford it. The scope of getting training in Formula One in America is very limited. There is not much room for the drivers to improve their performance. That’s the reason American never had a Formula One champion since 1978. It is not feasible to relocate just for the sake of the sport. That’s why we don’t see Americans participate in this sport anymore.

What are the major differences between IndyCar and Formula 1?

Both IndyCar and Formula 1 races are popular. They will have their premier races of the year soon. IndyCar began in 1911 in Indianapolis, and Formula 1 started in 1929 in Monaco. Both have an open wheel and open cockpit race cars. Here are the prime differences between the two races.


Both use V-6 internal combustion engines. IndyCar engines are 2.2-liter units and run on E85 ethanol. Formula One, on the other hand, uses 1.6 liters advanced hybrid power units engines. These run on unleaded fuel blends.


IndyCars have the highest speed limit of 240 mph, and Formula One car are 225 mph. A Formula One car can go 60mph in just 2 seconds, whereas an IndyCar goes 3 seconds time.


An IndyCar with engine, chassis, brakes, transmission and tires cost $3,000,000. A high range Formula One car costs 50 times more than IndyCar.They often cost $200,000,000! A number of measures are taken to cut down costs of Formula One cars. These cars are not allowed to be tested more than a few days in a year. Also, the time spent in the wind tunnel is restricted.


You can get the components of IndyCar off the shelf. You can get the engine from Chevrolet or Honda. The chassis are made by Dallara. Different aerodynamic packages are included for different tracks. There is low downforce for places like Indianapolis where the speed is an important factor and high downforce for road courses. IndyCar focuses on the drivers and not the cars. Formula 1, on the other hand, is all about cars. You can view Formula One cars as inverted airplanes. The shape of the car is designed so that the car is pulled down onto the track surface.

Both the cars are amazing and give the drivers a thrilling experience. In terms of popularity, Formula 1 seems to be a little ahead of the IndyCars.