David Coulthard, speaking exclusively to F1 Initiative, highlighted the never-raced street track venue in Weehawken, New Jersey, as the perfect location for Formula One‘s next United States race. Coulthard drove parts of the Hermann Tilke-designed 3.2-mile Port Imperial layout in a Red Bull RB7 show car in 2012. He noted that the track’s elevation change of 150 feet would make it one of the most challenging on the calendar. The event, known as the Grand Prix of America, was included in the 2013 F1 calendar until a contractual dispute ended the project.
Coulthard suggested that the addition of a fourth US race would help F1 break America. He further highlighted that each US race would have to have its own unique flavor reflecting the difference in the state-to-state nature of the country. Coulthard believes that Austin is what F1 is used to, Miami is a bit of a hybrid track, and Vegas is a playground for adults, and the race would take over as it is being held in a city.
Aston Martin F1 team principal Mike Krack supported Coulthard’s view on the addition of a fourth US race. He also added that a New York Grand Prix would be an attractive addition to the F1 schedule. He noted that oversaturation of the market is a concern, and therefore, a careful consideration of the amount of races to be held and their distance from each other must be maintained.
Overall, both Coulthard and Krack believe that there remains room for one more event in the US, even with Las Vegas joining Austin and Miami on the calendar in 2023. Coulthard hopes that F1 will be able to reignite the plan for the Weehawken track as it would be the perfect location for F1 to go next in the United States.