Zak Brown does not think that the arrival of an American pilot or an American team is essential for the discipline to gain popularity in the United States. However, the McLaren chairman thinks it would be very interesting, although not essential.
“I think it would be great for both to happen, it would make Formula 1 even more popular here.” Brown said at Laguna Seca during the IndyCar finale. “But we have neither today.”
“But look how popular Formula 1 is now in America. So I would like that to happen, but I don’t think it has to happen. Because Formula 1 is very popular today without it.”
F1 recently blocked the Andretti team’s arrival, but Brown was backing it up and explains why he’s in favor of the possibility: “We think a bit differently. I think someone like Andretti could contribute to the development of this sport.”
“What we could lose in the short term by sharing the revenue would come back to us with more television viewership, more sponsorship in North America, etc. It’s a handful of teams trying to protect their own revenue and don’t see the big picture.”