How popular is F1 in the states?

I'm wondering if anyone is following the 2021 season as it's probably the best season we've had in quite a while. I figure that WSO likely has a higher number of people following F1 than other communities out there.

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Oct 13, 2021 - 4:35am

A few of my friends from college follow it extensively along with me. Definitely not as popular as other sports tho.

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Oct 13, 2021 - 2:24pm

I follow it, I wouldn't call myself a die hard fan but I enjoy watching it. None of my friends are into it but one of the interns I worked was obsessed with it. Sadly, he's the only other person I met who follows the sport.

Oct 13, 2021 - 5:22pm

I don't know anyone that watches it, but the Netflix show is really good imo.

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Oct 14, 2021 - 5:50pm

Yeah seriously, an Indian buddy in college was really into it but I didn't really care about it, but then I watched the show and it just seemed interesting. I like that they trash talk about it seems more refined than American sports trash talking like something MJ would do.

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Oct 13, 2021 - 5:57pm

I used to be very into NASCAR, but a combination of incredibly stupid management decisions and constantly shitting on its fans has caused me to turn more towards IndyCar and Formula 1.

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Oct 14, 2021 - 5:51pm

I really want to go to a race track and rip cigs and drink my weight in Busch Light, that would be an amazing Saturday.

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Oct 13, 2021 - 9:38pm

DTS completely changed the image. Cant find the article but read somewhere that it became the fastest growing sport in the US after the pandemic. Football has peaked in viewership and will still be number 1 but limited growth ahead. Baseball and basketball viewership has also stabilized. I think F1 can truly become a huge market in the US. If the powers to be can market it correctly, I see great potential here. However, the only issue is the race times in the US. For many of the races you have to wake up early and that's if you live on the East Coast, forget about the people in Cali trying to wake up for this. I believe this is the biggest obstacle here. Obviously it would also be very self centered for them to change race timings around the world just so us Americans can get a couple hours of fresh sleep.


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Oct 16, 2021 - 12:48am

F1 is not popular in the states at all. American motorsport is primarily a result of inward looking American culture and the time zone differences.

I attended the Austin F1 race the first time it happened. I still remember the reluctance of other people to go stating the ticket price was too high. 

I suspect the lack of an American driver also may have to do with it.

The funny thing is many American tech companies sponsor F1 teams.  UPS, Splunk, Dell, Microsoft, et cetera.

Americans are pretty insular looking. Miles per hour, NFL, basketball, you get the point.

If you want me to be even more honest, I think it takes a well travelled exposed sophisticated person to find F1 interesting. Look at their track choices.

Azerbaijan, Turkey, India, Netherlands, Australia, South Korea.

Do you really think the average American cares about a racing event taking place in Azerbaijan or Turkey assuming they can even find it on a map.

I'm sorry but the sport is simply too worldly for them. Where dem bbq chips and Chevrolets racin around da oval track for 4 hours at !

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Oct 16, 2021 - 8:27am

I find this funny and strange about Americans. They seem to only enjoy sports that them and only them are really good at, i.e. NFL, Basketball etc and dismiss everything else as boring or rubbish, but i'm convinced it's because they are not good at those individual sports. I'm convinced if the US had no great tennis players too, they probably wouldn't be into that sport also

Oct 16, 2021 - 3:38pm

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