Under the rule of owner Liberty Media, the Formula 1 calendar has expanded significantly, especially with GPs in big cities. Saudi Arabia was added to the squad last year and the recent race in Miami was added. From 2023, Formula 1 will also travel to Las Vegas to drive across the famous Strip. While there are plenty of people who are dying for F1 to travel to old-school circuits, Lewis Hamilton feels Liberty Media is making logical choices by hosting grands prix in densely populated areas.
“I’m old-fashioned,” opens the Mercedes driver. “Of course I like history and certain tracks, but the older I get the more I realize that it’s about the people. We can go to a remote place with few people, no good facilities, and no great community. It’s very cool to ride old bikes on tracks, but it’s about the people who make it. We experienced it during the pandemic. There was nobody and therefore no atmosphere at all. It was like a test day and not fun. Now we see hundreds of thousands of people coming to Grand Prix. They are full of energy and eager to learn more about the sport.”
Hamilton believes Formula 1 can benefit from the interest that now exists in the sport. According to the Mercedes driver, this could create a connection to all strata of society. “The fans are the heart of the sport, they make the sport,” the seven-time champion continued. “We’re coming into cities where we can really connect with the communities and really make a difference. I like the Nurburgring, for example, but there isn’t a diverse community there. We don’t have an impact there. In Miami, we can make a difference.” . I’ve met several kids from different backgrounds and they now want to get into engineering, which appeals to me much more.