Chase Carey: US could host another race but British GP is still important
Carey cites New York, Los Angeles, Miami and Las Vegas as potential hosts for an event "like a SuperBowl"; Claims plan is still to have a British race in F1 as European GPs are "an important foundation"
By Matt Morlidge
Last Updated: 24/01/17 2:02pm
Chase Carey has spoken of his desire to add a US "destination city" race to the Formula 1 calendar and says he has already engaged with a "number of markets".
But F1's new chief executive also stressed Liberty Media's desire to preserve F1's traditional European races and that they "certainly plan to have a British race" amid uncertainty over the affordability of Silverstone's F1 contract.
Carey, who replaced Bernie Ecclestone as F1's CEO after Liberty Media completed their $6billion takeover, has been clear that he sees huge potential for growth in the sport, particular in his native America.
Austin's Circuit of the Americas currently hosts the only Grand Prix in the country but Carey believes another city can host a "major event" that could replicate the excitement of an NFL SuperBowl.
Speaking to Sky Sports News HQ in his first television interview since becoming F1's new chief, he said: "We're engaged with a number of markets that we think have the potential for a race.
"We'd like to have a race that really is a major event in the US, at a destination city, so that means one of New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Las Vegas.
"A city where people would want to go for three days, four days, or a week, and have this race be the centre piece of this event like a SuperBowl is."
As well as growing F1 in the US and beyond, Carey has also insisted that his intentions are to stay true to the sport's heritage by improving Europe's races.
That includes Silverstone, whose owners claimed they are considering axing the British GP from 2019 because of the "potentially ruinous risk" posed by hosting fees.
"Silverstone's a great race and I've been clear that the races in western Europe are an important foundation for the sport," Carey explained.
"We do want to grow globally, particularly in some of the markets where there are opportunities, but the foundations of the sport is western Europe and we want to make the races in western Europe as strong as they can be.
"We certainly plan to have a British race, I've only met John Grant (BRDC chairman) once so we haven't really had a chance to engage, but we think with every one of these races that we have an opportunity to make them bigger, broader, more exciting, more successful.
"We are excited about the opportunity to continue to build the sport at the track across western Europe and in Britain."