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08/03/10
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Don't blame the USA for its failure to embrace F1  A reader writes, Dear AutoRacing1.com, I have read the impassioned article of Mr. Maroney and understand his frustration which is a plea for support for young American drivers that have a dream of reaching F1.

However he is just one of countless thousands of parents that have supported their sons through the junior ranks of motorsport only to run out of money once they have reached or gone beyond the categories of go karting or FF 2000.  Well with respect Mr. Maloney join the club.

There is an old saying you choose it, it did not choose you.

You as an adult introduced your son to something you could not afford and now American motorsport is put on a guilt trip because you cannot afford to go any further?  America does not need F1 because F1 has failed in America.

If you disagree try asking the Hulman George family how they felt after spending over $40 million on the Speedway for F1 to insult not only the history of the Speedway but sport in general by putting 6 cars on the grid in 2005.

No other category would have the arrogance to behave in such a way except F1.

They and they alone are responsible for their imagery and reputation. As for America it has given F1 every opportunity to succeed including events at Dallas, Long Beach, Detroit, Las Vegas, Watkins Glen, Phoenix and now Austin.

If you wish to make reference on a business model then try asking the appalling failure of so many circuits throughout Europe on whether F1 is a sound investment.  Donington immediately comes to mention so does Magny Cours, Zolder, Paul Ricard, Zandvoort, San Marino, Fuji, Mexico City and numerous other examples including all of the above in America.

Sorry but your comments are not backed by the business or television audience facts in America so why should it support F1 when it has so consistently failed.

You wish your son to be judged on the results, let us then judge F1 on the same criteria.  I wish you well but do not blame others for being disinterested or unimpressed.  Regards,  Jon Davison Melbourne Australia

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