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US return a 'crucial' priority for FOTA

Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo says bringing Formula 1 back to America will be a key priority for FOTA now that the row over the sport's future is settled.
US return a 'crucial' priority for FOTA - F1 | ITV Sport

The teams have repeatedly called for the United States Grand Prix to be revived as America is such a big market for many of the car manufacturers involved in F1.

The race fell off the calendar after 2007 when Bernie Ecclestone was unable to find a suitable agreement with the Indianapolis track that had hosted F1 since 2000.

The situation has been exacerbated this year with the loss of the Canadian GP at Montreal, leaving F1 without an event in North America.

Di Montezemolo said that Ferrari was particularly keen to get F1 back to America, and that it would be among FOTA's top priorities.

"It's absolutely crucial," he said in an interview for Ferrari's official website.

"North America presents, for us, part of our history, with important historic victories for Ferrari at Sebring and Daytona [in sportscars].

"Recently I remember some victories by Michael Schumacher at Indianapolis' Formula 1 track, and this I think was fantastic.

"So we want to go back, because we love the United States.

"The United States has been our largest market for many, many years and so we will do our best to race there again with Formula 1.

"We know we have a lot of fans over there."

Ferrari dominated the US GP for most of its seasons at Indianapolis, with Schumacher winning the 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006 F1 races at the track.
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