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COTA chief shares thoughts on Andretti’s F1 plans

Andretti are waiting to see if F1 approve their bid to join the grid in 2025, 2026 or 2027

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Circuit of the Americas boss Bobby Epstein has given his thoughts on Andretti’s proposal to try and join Formula 1, and what it could mean for the sport and its interest in the United States.

The F1 circus is in the Americas at the moment with a triple header playing out before heading to Las Vegas for the penultimate race of the year in mid-November.

A good time to focus on the health of the sport’s popularity in the United States in particular at the moment, then, given the boom it is enjoying, whilst Andretti‘s bid to join the grid as early as 2025 is also in focus.

Indeed, whilst the FIA are all for Andretti joining the grid by the sounds of things, F1 and many of the teams have not been as receptive, and it’s hard to call just whether we’re going to see Andretti make it 11 teams on the grid in the near future.

Bobby Epstein discusses Andretti F1 proposal

Epstein suggested that the sport does not particularly need them to help keep Americans interested in the top level of motorsport.

“It doesn’t [change much],” Epstein told RACER. “I’m interested in what sells tickets and a winning U.S. team would help sell tickets. Otherwise, I hope it happens simply because Mario Andretti was very good to us and has been a very good friend of the track. So it’s one on a personal level that I hope it happens, rather than necessarily on a business level.

“No, you don’t [need an American team]. A winning American driver would be fantastic. In the absence of that … I think the rest of it is just some nice to have.”

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